About 3:30 a.m. Monday officers were dispatched to the area of Kent’s Firestone, in regards to a man walking around the building. According to the affidavit for arrest, officers made contact with Randy L. Barnes, 35.
Barnes told officers his car broke down at the Kroger parking lot and he was just walking by the business to get to Main Street. Barnes was on active probation and had a search waiver on file. Officers began to search Barnes and located a clear plastic baggie that contained a white crystalline substance that was suspected of being methamphetamine in his pants pocket.
Officers then located a cut Master padlock in his other pocket. Upon inspecting the property, officers found that the compressor shed on the side of business was missing one of two padlocks. Nothing appeared to be missing from the shed.
At the Independence County Detention Center Barnes told investigators he was at the business to support his illegal drug habit, but did not break into the shed.
Upon reviewing surveillance video, investigators saw Barnes break into the compressor shed and enter the structure.
Barnes is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, less than two grams, a class D felony; breaking or entering, a class D felony, and is being charged as a habitual offender, having been previously convicted of less than four felonies.
Bond was set at $10,000.