Stolen Cell Phone Leads to Meth Arrest – MyArkLaMiss (press release) (blog)

UNION PARISH – A West Monroe man has been arrested by Union Parish Sheriff’s deputies accused of stealing a personal cell phone from a Point community convenience store.

The victim told deputies that he left his Apple iPhone 6s cell phone unattended briefly when the two men came in and left. Camera footage allowed him to give a description of the pair’s gold-colored Chevrolet pickup. He also was able to track the phone because it was not turned off.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the on-scene deputy was able to relay a message to another deputy that the phone was located near La. Hwy. 15 near Walnut Lane.

That deputy located the truck at the parish garbage bins on La. Hwy. 15 and when he walked up to the vehicle, he spotted the described cell phone.

Teddy Dwayne Thornton of West Monroe, told the deputy he didn’t really steal the phone because he planned to return it. However, the deputy said Thornton couldn’t explain why he had taken the phone.

The driver of the truck, who was not arrested, gave written approval to search it. Two other deputies, who had arrived, helped search the truck.

As a result of their search, they found three syringes loaded with a dark liquid, a set of digital scales and clear plastic bags were.

The liquid field tested positive for methamphetamine, the deputies reported.

Thornton was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center late Thursday evening on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft under $750. His total bond was set at $4,200.


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