Sally Beauty shoplifting call leads to drug bust at Woodspring Suites in West Monroe | KTVE

WEST MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — On February 23, 2023, the West Monroe Police Office responded to a shoplifting simply call at Sally’s Natural beauty Salon on Blanchard Road. 3 suspects were arrested in relation to this incident.

Authorities were being notified that the suspected shoplifter was witnessed with an older woman and a doggy wearing a green cast on her right arm. When police arrived on the scene, they noticed an more mature female who in good shape the description.

As soon as make contact with was made with the woman, she discovered herself as 52-yr-aged Melissa Sims. Sims was advised of her Miranda rights and mentioned that she comprehended.

Sims admitted to currently being with the shoplifter but denied thieving goods herself. Additionally, Sims informed authorities that the shoplifter was 42-yr-previous Rusty Thomas and that she was staying at the Woodspring’s Suites with her 40-12 months-aged boyfriend, Gary Brown. 

The police relocated to the Woodspring Suites to make make contact with with Thomas. When they arrived to her room, they were being satisfied by Brown, who claimed that Thomas was not in the place. 

Authorities continued to give out a number of verbal instructions for Thomas to exit the area. Sooner or later, Thomas walked outdoors of the space, and she and Brown were advised of their Miranda rights, which equally said they understood.

In accordance to authorities, Thomas confessed to shoplifting and mentioned that the stolen merchandise was inside of her purse in the hotel home. Brown and Thomas consented to a research of the place. In advance of the look for of the space, Brown’s man or woman was searched, and authorities positioned a cannabis cigarette within a cigarette box in his entrance right shorts pocket. 

The products from Sally’s Attractiveness Salon were recovered and appeared to be unused the products was returned to the organization. Even more research of the home led to the discovery of many bags of methamphetamine and marijuana, 1 glass pipe, a scale, and a number of small empty apparent plastic bags saved in the television stand drawer. 

The items were being being saved in a black box on the mattress. Brown claimed the merchandise belonged to him, but Thomas said they were not hers and did not know who they belonged to. Brown mentioned he did not consume the LSD, but he nonetheless experienced it in his possession.

Police did a document verify on Brown, and it was unveiled that he also had an energetic warrant with the West Monroe Law enforcement Division. Gary Brown, Rusty Thomas, and Melissa Sims had been all taken into custody and transported to the Ouachita Correctional Centre for reserving. 

Brown and Thomas are struggling with 4 legal charges, even though Sims faces two. The following are the bonds set for the a few arrestees:

  • Rusty Thomas – $21,750.00
  • Gary Brown – $29,400.00
  • Melissa Sims – $2,500.00