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Woman accused of shoplifting, drug possession

by Minden Press-Herald


A Ringgold woman was charged on theft and several drug charges after she was caught by store employees taking items without paying for them.

Amy Garcia, 28, of the 200 block of Beckham Camp Road in Ringgold, was arrested April 22, and charged with theft of goods, possession of CDS in the presence of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule I CDS and two counts of obstruction of justice. Total bonds were set at $3,925.

Minden Police officers were dispatched to Walmart when the head of security detained Garcia for theft of goods.

According to reports, she was seen throwing an item into a trashcan and swallowing a pill while in custody for the alleged theft.

When officers checked the trashcan, they found what appeared to be a partially smoked marijuana “cigarello.” When asked what pill she took, she allegedly told officers it was a blood pressure pill.

Her purse was checked, and no pill bottle or any other medications were found. The possession in the presence of a minor charge was levied because she had two small children under the age of 5 with her at the time, according to reports.

She was placed under arrest and transported to the Minden Police Station, then transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center for booking.

Minden Police Sgt. Joel Kendrick and Officer Jeremy Sitter were the arresting officers.

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