Suspected shoplifters arrested

At about 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Ruston Police responded to the Neighborhood Walmart on West California Avenue regarding a shoplifter. Based on the description of the suspect, Sergeant K. D. Loyd located Iresha Percy, 31, of Ruston, at the corner of Jones Street and West Line Avenue. During a search, a clear glass smoking device commonly used to consume controlled substances was found in Percy’s left pants pocket. 

Several items from Walmart with a value of approximately $42 were recovered. 

Percy was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center booked for theft by shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal trespassing. The trespassing charge stems from Percy being banned from the Walmart in 2020 with notice she would be arrested if she returned.

Another shoplifting call Friday resulted in the arrested of 54-year-old Ruston woman.

RPD officers were dispatched to Super 1 Foods regarding a shoplifting in progress. Betty F. Maryland was pointed out to officers in the store’s parking lot. Once she was taken into custody, a device commonly used to consume controlled substances was discovered. The suspect allegedly stated she used it to smoke crack cocaine earlier in the day.

It was discovered the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department held a warrant for Maryland’s arrest. The nature of that charge was not immediately available.

Maryland was arrested for theft by shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, and the warrant.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  


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