Shoplifting call leads to drug arrests

Friday, February 19, 2016

Two Berryville residents were arrested Tuesday night after allegedly shoplifting items used to create methamphetamine in Green Forest. A third subject involved in the incident is at large.

According to the Carroll County Jail Intake Log, 55-year-old Pamela Jo Thompson and 31-year-old Aaron G. Newberry were booked on possession with purpose to manufacture meth, tampering with physical evidence, shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey said Wednesday that his officers received a call at 6 p.m. Tuesday night about a shoplifter at Dollar General. When two officers arrived on the scene, Bailey said a van matching the description of what the alleged shoplifters were driving was pulling out of the parking lot.

Officers pulled the van over, Bailey said, and the driver stepped outside the vehicle.

"He handed the officer his driver's license. The officer asked him to get back in his vehicle, and the guy bolted and ran," Bailey said.

The officers followed the man on foot, Bailey continued, and one returned to the van to check on the passengers. Bailey said the officer found Thompson and Newberry inside the van. An eyewitness, Bailey noted, told the officer the two subjects had placed several items in a nearby trash can while he was chasing the driver of the van.

"When he went and looked, there were some items matching the description of items stolen in Dollar General," Bailey said.

After arresting Thompson and Newberry, Bailey said officers searched the van and discovered it was a mobile methamphetamine lab. The officers recovered all the stolen items, Bailey said.

At press time, the driver of the van had not been located. Bailey said it shouldn't be too long; after all, he said, the driver handed his identification to officers.

"It's not often somebody will hand you their identification before they take off running," Bailey said. "But often when people are under the influence of meth, a lot of the things they do don't make sense."

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