WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A simple shop lifting incident involving a bag of stolen candy turned into something much larger Monday night in Walterboro when police officers discovered meth cooking inside a car in the Walmart parking lot.
Officers responded to Walmart around 5 p.m. Monday after reports of a possible shoplifting incident. The store's loss prevention officer told police that he attempted to detain 35-year-old Alvin Lee Walling who had just tried to flee the store after stealing a bag of candy.
Authorities say they had an open case against Walling and 25-year-old Kelsie Lynn Ammons for allegedly stealing several clothing items. Ammons appeared to be wearing the stolen clothes Monday, according to a police report.
After searching Ammons' purse, officers found empty candy wrappers matching those from the stolen bag of candy. Officers then went to search the suspect's car and found what appeared to be an open container of alcohol sitting on the floor of the passenger's side of the car.
When one of the officer picked up the bottle, police determined it to actually be an meth cook in progress. The Drug Enforcement Agency was notified and Colleton County Fire and Rescue was called to scene for Hazmat response.
Both Walling and Ammons are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. They are being held in the Colleton County Detention Center.