Union police said a man spotted attempting to steal a flashlight from Walmart last November also possessed heroin.
Paul A. Bourbon, 35, Richwoods, was charged April 20 in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges for stealing and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the probable cause statement filed by Union police with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Bourbon was spotted by Walmart employees trying to steal a flashlight and a bottle of water Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.
Walmart reported Bourbon was seen removing a flashlight from its package and then concealing it.
The store reported he did the same with a bottle of water.
The value of the two items totaled $31.06.
During a search by Union police, an officer reported finding a case for eyeglasses.
Inside the case, the officer found five syringes, a small bag containing three capsules containing a white powder, an empty capsule, a bag of cotton and a metal object which had burnt residue inside and out.
According to the probable cause statement, the white powder was determined to be Heroin U-47700 after being tested by TruNarc.
The Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Unit purchased TruNarc, a drug-testing device, in 2014.
The device offers quick results that are said to be 99.9 percent accurate.