DENVER – Two suspects were arrested and charged with stealing merchandise from Lowe’s and Walmart in Denver.
An off-duty officer reported that one of the men loaded a generator onto the back of a pickup truck at Lowe’s before driving across the street to Walmart on Tuesday, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies found the truck, with the generator in the back, in the parking lot at Walmart at around 8:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office said in a press release. As deputies approached, the driver made “suspicious movements inside the vehicle but deputies were able to remove him from the truck without incident.”
Deputies searched the vehicle and reported finding multiple needles, a black pouch with “pills and possible illegal drugs in clear plastic bags” and digital scales. The search also turned up a loaded .22 caliber handgun, according to the release.
The driver of the truck was identified as Larry Van Clark, 42, of Hickory. He was charged with larceny; possession of stolen goods; possession of a firearm by a felon; conspiracy; carrying a concealed weapon; possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule I controlled substance; possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under a $43,000 secured bond.
A witness reportedly told officers that a man and woman had left the truck and gone inside the Walmart. Officers, along with Walmart security personnel, located the man as he was leaving the store and the female still inside on a bench.
Officers searched the man and found two Gerber knives that had been taken from the store’s sporting goods department.
Deputies charged Bill Casey Hinson, 42, of Hickory, with misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.
No charges were filed against the woman.