Crime

Court: Suspected drug dealers caught stealing from Valley Rescue donation box

Police found a 36-year-old suspected methamphetamine and marijuana dealer hiding in a Valley Rescue Mission donation box after receiving reports of two people stealing donations from the box on Oct. 31, according to court testimony.

Shawna McCourt, 24, and Anthony Jacobs, 36, faced multiple charges including marijuana with intent to distribute, meth with intent to distribute and theft by taking during a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

An officer told the court he received multiple reports of a man and a woman taking items out of the 5700 Warm Springs Road donation box before responding to the call. When he confronted McCourt, the suspect told the officer she was dropping off items for donation.

Inside McCourt's vehicle, he found a bag of clothes and other assorted items that appeared to have been pulled from the donation box. Later, the officer found Jacobs hiding inside the donation box, according to court testimony.

After he searched the vehicle, the officer found 46.2 grams of marijuana separated into three different ziplock bags, more than two grams of meth and some hydromorphone pills, according to court testimony. Police also found a digital scale, a smoking device and a loaded firearm with extra magazines during the search.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Jacobs bond at $36,500 due to prior charges that were not specified. McCourt's bond was set at $17,000.

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