Medora Woman Arrested On Two Warrants

(BEDFORD) – A Medora woman was arrested early Saturday morning on two warrants.

Jennifer East

Lawrence County Police officer arrested 31-year-old Jennifer East on charges of criminal trespass, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and resisting arrest.

A warrant was issued for East’s arrest on a charge of criminal trespass after East went to the Bedford Walmart on March 30 and attempted to steal more than $187 worth of merchandise.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Bedford Police officers were called to the store after a loss prevention employee stopped East to check her receipt. East had stolen from the store before and the employee noticed East did not scan all the items in her cart.

East did not stop and ran from the employee, leaving the merchandise behind. She ran out of the grocery door, fell, got back up and ran to a red car. The car then fled the parking lot.

Police obtained video footage of East entering the store at 5:15 pm. and leaving the checkout area at 6:49 p.m. The footage shows East stealing the items and fleeing the store.

The management of the store requested to press charges of criminal trespassing.

The report was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s office and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

East was also arrested on a second warrant after a traffic stop by a Bedford Police officer on April 26.

According to a probable cause affidavit, East was in a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Brandy Baker.

A Bedford Police officer stopped Baker’s vehicle on Mitchell Road and M streets after officers spotted a vehicle parked at a closed gas station on Mitchell Road.

The officer turned around to go check on the vehicle and its occupants when Baker drove her Dodge Caravan out of the lot. The officer initiated a traffic stop after learning Baker was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

While speaking to Baker and her passenger, Jennifer East, officers noticed both women were extremely nervous.

During a search of Baker’s purse they found meth, pills that Baker did not have a prescription for, and marijuana. Baker also had a syringe in her sock.

East then became upset after police found a loaded syringe in a bag near where East was sitting. Police also found meth in a container on a key chain in East’s pocket.

Both were placed in handcuffs and that is when East took off running north on M Street. She was captured at 15th and M streets. She told police she ran because she didn’t want to go back to jail.

Police then located additional syringes in East’s purse.

Both women were transported to the police station where East admitted she had a glass smoking pipe in her bra.

Both women were released pending further cooperation with the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

A warrant was then requested for Baker’s arrest and she was arrested on May 19 on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.

East is facing charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and resisting arrest.