Deputies with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office solved a burglary before it was ever reported following a traffic stop on a seatbelt violation.
Christopher Alan King, 27, of the 1300 block of Copeland in Camden, Arkansas, was charged with no seatbelt, driving under suspension, switched plates, no proof of insurance, no proof of registration, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine) and simple burglary. Bond was set at $32,260.
Erica Ashley Carver, 30, of the 3300 block of Fairview Drive in Camden, Arkansas, was charged with simple burglary, possession of Schedule II CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia and seat belt violation. Bond was set at $31,060.
“Deputy John Lewis Jr. was working the seatbelt grant, and he noticed a silver truck coming through Dixie Inn where both occupants didn’t have their seatbelt on,” Capt. Robert Hayden said. “During the stop, he noticed there were TVs, computers, (video game chairs), and of course it was raining.”
Lewis became suspicious, Sheriff Gary Secton says the two were acting nervous, so he called for assistance from Hayden as well as that of Dep. Wade Wells. Hayden and his K-9 partner, Chesapeake Cyndi were called to the scene and the K-9 conducted an open air search of the vehicle.
“Cyndi alerted on the vehicle for drugs,” he said, “and once we got inside the vehicle, we found suspected methamphetamine. We also discovered a large pair of bolt cutters behind the seat.”
The deputies questioned Carver and King about the items in the back of the truck, and the two reportedly told them they’d just come from Arcadia and the items belonged to King’s grandmother.
“Once we got to talking to them a little bit more, I called Det. Scott Tucker to the scene,” Hayden said. “We discovered all the things in the back of the truck and behind the seat were stolen from a storage building here in Minden.”
Deputies contacted the renter of the storage unit who confirmed the items belonged to them. Minden police officers went to the storage facility and confirmed the lock had been cut off that particular storage unit.
The truck was towed after the two were taken into custody.
All the items were returned to the owners. Carver and King were transported to the sheriff’s office for booking and transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.