Police arrest 3 after finding meth, copper wire in stolen truck

Brian Scott Robbs (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Brian Scott Robbs (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Richard Dean Smith (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Richard Dean Smith (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Robin Elaine Leopard (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Robin Elaine Leopard (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Conway Police charged three people Monday night after officers say the caught them with meth and a stolen truck, according to Department spokeswoman Catina Hipp.

Officers were called to the 300 block of Claridy Road around noon on Monday on reports of suspicious activity. When officers arrived, they found a white truck with a trailer was stuck in the sand, and the occupants were trying to free the vehicle. A registration check on the truck showed it was reported stolen out of North Carolina and the three suspects were arrested.

After searching the vehicle and the surrounding area, investigators found rolls of copper wiring, a black plastic bag containing wire insulation that had been stripped from the copper wire, a blue plastic container holding 27 pounds of bare stripped copper wire, two loaded 50cc syringes containing methamphetamines, screw drivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, circuit testers, a small white straw, which one of the suspects admitted was used "toot crank," and a small clear plastic baggy containing 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.

The following were arrested and charged:

  • Richard Dean Smith, 39, of Greer: charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamines, unlawful transport of non-ferrous metals, trespassing, and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Brian Scott Robbs, 35, of Inman: charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, unlawful transport of non-ferrous metals, and trespassing;
  • Robin Elaine Leopard, 45, of Lyman: charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamines, unlawful transport of non-ferrous metals, trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and public drunk.

According to Hipp, while Leopard was being placed in the patrol vehicle for transport to the Horry County Detention Center, she became unresponsive. Horry County EMS responded to the location and transported her to Conway Medical Center for evaluation. She was medically cleared and then transported to the Horry County Detention Center.

Smith received a $15, 000 bond for possession of a stolen vehicle, a $5,000 surety bond possession of burglary tools, a $10,000 surety bond for possession of methamphetamines, a $1,100 personal recognizance bond for unlawful transport of non-ferrous metals, a $445 personal recognizance bond for trespassing and a $445 personal recognizance bond for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robbs received a $15, 000 surety bond for possession of a stolen vehicle, a $5,000 surety bond possession of burglary tools, a $1,100 personal recognizance bond for unlawful transport of non-ferrous metals and a $445 personal recognizance bond for trespassing.

Leopard received a $15, 000 surety bond for possession of a stolen vehicle, a $5,000 surety bond for possession of burglary tools, a $10,000 surety bond for possession of methamphetamines, a $1,100 personal recognizance bond for unlawful transport of non-ferrous metals, a $445 personal recognizance bond for trespassing, a $445 personal recognizance bond for possession of drug paraphernalia, a $445 personal recognizance bond for open container and a $237 personal recognizance bond for public drunk.

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