GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis police tested potential meth-producing materials and containers Sunday afternoon on a bench in Gallipolis City Park after being called to investigate a reported theft at Robbie’s BP station on Vine Street.
According to police reports, gas station employees contacted police after reportedly watching footage on the station security system of an individual taking a bottle of lighter fluid. The employee confronted the individual in question and the individual reportedly refused to have taken the item. The man left east on Vine Street with woman in a vehicle.
Officers arrived and supposedly reviewed the footage of the incident and set off in search of the man who reportedly took the lighter fluid. Upon patrolling the area, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s was seen parked alongside Second Avenue near Gallipolis City Park. Police encountered the suspects and after investigating the theft complaint, officers felt one of the suspects may have potentially purchased pseudoephedrine earlier in the day.
Officers searched the vehicle with consent from the suspects and discovered what may have been potential meth-making materials. Officers then tested for the presence of meth in containers and transported the objects for further evaluation. Officers were able to identify items in the vehicle as precursors for potential meth production.
No one has been taken into custody as of press time.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.