Theft from North Augusta Walmart leads to arrests for methamphetamine

A theft from the Walmart in North Augusta led to two arrests for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.

On Wednesday at 3:36 p.m., police responded to a shoplifting at Walmart, 1201 Knox Ave. Roger Lovelace, 50, of Aiken, was seen pushing a pressure washer, valued at $290, out of the store, according to a North Augusta Police Department incident report.

Lovelace was seen as the rear passenger of a gray Ford Escort leaving the Walmart parking lot. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested Lovelace, who smelled strongly of alcohol and couldn’t maintain his balance, the report said.

The vehicle’s driver, Donovan Oneal Stewart, 38, of Langley, S.C., appeared to police as extremely nervous, and police started a K9 drug search. Three small bags containing 3.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, glass pipes, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and bullets were located.

Stewart, who was also wanted in Kentucky, and a passenger, Jodie Lee Riley, 27, of Aiken, were arrested for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. Lovelace was arrested for shoplifting.