Police say a Virginia man dropped a small plastic baggie containing methamphetamine while waiting in a layaway line at the Walmart store in Whitesburg.
Surveillance footage shows a man pulling a lanyard keychain out of his pocket, bringing with it a plastic Baggie that fell onto the store floor. About 10 minutes later, a 14-monthold girl picked up the baggie and handed it to her mother, Lindsey Combs, who told her to put it down. The child picked the Baggie up again and took it to her father, Brent Combs. The couple contacted police after realizing that the bag appeared to contain illegal drugs.
Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said two people were in line between the suspect from Pound, Va., and the Combses. The bag lay on the ground unnoticed for about 10 minutes before the child picked it up, Fields said.
“Nobody really walked by it during that time,” said Fields.
Fields plans to obtain a warrant for the Virginia man and obtain a letter of extradition from the Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. The man’s name, which is being withheld, will then be entered into the National Crime Information
Whitesburg police are working with the Pound Police Department in the investigation.
“A big thank you to Walmart’s manager Roger (Collier) for all his help and to Whitesburg PD for all they have done,” Lindsey Combs posted on Facebook. “…Brent and I are so blessed that Miss P is perfectly fine and nothing more serious happened. This could have happened to anyone’s child. Times are getting scary and people are careless. Please let’s watch our children more closely than ever before. They are so precious and we are never promised the next second with them.”
Collier said Whitesburg police actively assist Walmart in shoplift cases and other matters.
“Walmart really appreciates the Whitesburg Police Department for its help, apprehensions and item recoveries,” said Collier.
Fields said Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft has authorized overtime for police patrolling in city limits during the holiday season.