GARDNER, La. (RPSO) - On April 17, RPSO deputies responded to a convenience store in the Gardner area in reference to a reported theft.
Upon arrival, deputies contacted the complainant who stated two customers, a male and a female, entered the store and began shopping. A short time later, the complainant noticed both subjects acting suspiciously, as if trying to conceal something on their person.
Once the couple exited the store, the complainant followed them outside in an attempt to question them on their erratic behavior. An off-duty deputy arrived and the complainant and the deputy went to make contact with them.
They immediately fled into the wooded area behind the property. While attempting to flee, the female dropped a bag that was collected as evidence.
Deputies arrived and attempted to locate the suspects, but were unable to do so. The case was referred to the Detectives from the Boyce Sub-station for further investigation. They were able to view surveillance video that was provided and the suspects were identified as Richard McComic and Patricia Pickering.
Evidence from the dropped bag was collected and warrants were obtained for the arrest of both suspects. On April 19, patrol deputies located McComic and Pickering walking on St. Clair Road. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center and booked on their charges.
Both suspects were arrested for two counts theft of goods and resisting an officer from the earlier contact. Both suspects were also banned from the convenience store. Both were later released on a $750.00 bond.