Sherriff’s Office tracks down alleged thief

Sherriff’s Office tracks down alleged thief

Nikita Branstetter

The Scott County Sherriff’s Office has arrested one man who allegedly stole over $10,000 worth of property and tools and found him to be in possession of a loaded handgun, drug paraphernalia, and all while under the restriction of an Order of Protection.

Andrew Wayne Anderson, 34, was arrested on March 29, following a narcotics and theft investigation. According to an arrest warrant filed by Scott County Sherriff’s Office Detective Abby Duncan, it was an anonymous tip that came on March 28, from a private citizen that led them to Anderson’s home on Buffalo Road in Oneida. Following up on the investigation, Duncan assisted by Detective Randy Lewallen, Sergeant Paul Dean Adkins, Detective Lisa Anderson, and Oneida Police Department’s Drug Agent Bill Miller, went to the residence. Authorities identified the allegedly stolen trailer on Anderson’s residence, as it could be seen from the road, but obvious attempts to conceal the property had been made using paint and tree limbs

Reportedly, officers waited an extended period before Anderson came to the door, and refused to let officer’s look inside his home while denying knowledge of the trailer at his residence. According to Miller, a search warrant was obtained and found inside the trailer were thousands of dollars worth of allegedly stolen tools with the victim’s name on them. Additionally, more tools with the victim’s name were found in the spare bedroom of the suspect’s home.

While searching the residence, Miller recovered digital scales from a closet, two meth pipes with residue on them, and a loaded .22 caliber handgun. According to an arrest warrant filed by Detective Michelle Sexton, Anderson had been under an Order of Protection for the past year obligating him to have no contact with his ex-wife, nor possess a firearm. Reportedly on March, 24 Anderson allegedly contacted his ex-wife, stating to her, “that things could be worse than the Nancy Bankston case.”

Anderson was charged with Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft greater than $1,000, Theft Greater than $10,000, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Violation of an Order of Protection, and Violation of Probation. He received no bond, Attorney Travis Stanley was appointed to represent him and is currently awaiting a court date of April 11, 2018, at 9a.m.