An investigation by Redfield police into a report that a stolen power washer was in the back of a truck parked at a service station Saturday led to the arrest of two people on drug-related charges.
Larry Strickland, 46, and Amanda Thistlewaite, 27, were taken into custody after officers confirmed that the power washer was in the truck and that it had been stolen, Redfield Detective Teri Patterson said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Monday.
Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Patterson, Redfield Police Chief Steve McFatridge and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mickey Buffkin responded to the service station. During a search of the vehicle driven by Strickland, the law enforcement officers saw syringes with blood and other residue on them.
Patterson said in the affidavit that when Thistlewaite was questioned, she allegedly said she and Strickland knew the power washer was stolen and had gone to Redfield to sell it. She also allegedly said the syringes belonged to both her and Strickland.
When Strickland was interviewed, he allegedly said he knew the power washer was stolen and also said the syringes belonged to both of them.
Pugh said Strickland is on probation in Jacksonville after prior convictions on drug-related charges, theft of property and second-degree battery. Pugh said Thistlewaite is on probation in North Little Rock.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Strickland and Thistlewaite on Monday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them both with possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Strickland and Thistlewaite.
Redfield police issued Strickland and Thistlewaite a misdemeanor citation for possession of the stolen power washer.