Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they allegedly tried to take more than $1,000 in merchandise out of the Walmart Supercenter without paying for it.

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they allegedly tried to take more than $1,000 in merchandise out of the Walmart Supercenter without paying for it.


Brandi Howe, 28, and Adam Harter, 28, both of Grant County were booked in at the W. C. "Dub" Brassell Adult Detention Center between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. after a loss-prevention officer at Walmart detained them until police arrived.


Harter will also face drug charges after a number of prescription pills and suspected methamphetamine were allegedly found in the floorboard of the police car that had taken him to jail.


During a court hearing for the two Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the store employee was watching security monitors when he saw Howe and Harter enter the store and return a chain saw and BB gun and receive a Walmart card for the value of the items.


Detective Steve Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit the store employee said Howe loaded up a shopping basket with merchandise and pushed it past the checkout counters, then sat down on a bench near the restrooms.


Harter also allegedly filled up a basket with merchandise and also pushed it past the checkout counters without paying.


The total value of the merchandise was listed at $1,438.42.


According to the affidavit, when Harter was searched prior to being placed in the police car, nothing was found, and the officer transporting Harter allegedly asked him several times if he had any drugs or contraband on him and was told no.


Pugh said when Harter reached the jail, the officer reportedly heard "what sounded like pills falling on the floorboard of the car" and when the car was searched, a clear bag containing suspected methamphtamine, 36 pills identified as methadone and 33 pills identified as Tramadol were found, along with a pharmacy pill bottle.


Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Howe after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with theft of property.


The same bond was set for Harter, who will also be charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


According to records at the prosecutor’s office, Harter is currently on parole after being convicted of second-degree battery in Garland County in 2005 and residential burglary in Grant County in 2011.