Three arrested after deputy finds mail, pry bar in vehicle
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Three people were arrested in connection with mailbox destruction after a routine traffic stop on Saturday, when a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 41 at Baker Road.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop after noticing the vehicle’s tag lights were improperly working. The driver of the vehicle, Drew Childers, had outstanding warrants. He was placed under arrest and escorted to the patrol car.

Upon walking back to the vehicle to speak with the other two passengers, Connie Beason and Joel McPherson, the deputy noticed a large knife in the back seat where McPherson was allegedly sitting. McPherson was asked to exit the vehicle and allowed the deputy to search the vehicle.

Upon searching the vehicle, the deputy reportedly found a pry bar where Beason was sitting and two medicine bottles without a label containing suspected Topirimate pills and Seroquel pills. According to the report, there also were numerous articles of mail with a Roth Lane, Cartersville, address. Some mail was opened that was not addressed to Childers, Beason or McPherson.

When McPherson was asked why the mail was in their possession, he said his girlfriend had lived at the residence more than two weeks ago and they had gone to retrieve it. He said he had taken a pry bar and used it to open the mailbox without anyone’s concent.

Another deputy checked the mailbox on Roth Lane and reportedly discovered numerous mailboxes with what appeared to be marks from a pry bar. Deputies on scene also discovered a set of keys on one of the mailboxes. McPherson said the keys belonged to him and that he had left them inside the mailbox. When asked about the medicine bottles and pills, he said he had found them at a residence in Rome.

The three subjects were arrested and transported to the jail. Due to Mcpherson having drug-related charges, a strip search was performed. A plastic bag with a green lefty substance, suspected to be marijuana, was reportedly found.

McPherson was arrested and charged with injury, tearing down, destruction of mailboxes, defacing of mail, possession of contraband across guard lines, possession of tools for the commission of crime, drugs to be kept in original container, sale, distribution, possession, etc., of dangerous drugs and possession of marijuana.

Childers was arrested and charged with false statement in writing, theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of burglary in the second degree and injury, tearing down, destruction of mailboxes, defacing of mail.

Beason was arrested and charged with injury, tearing down, destruction of mailboxes, defacing of mail.