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Florence Police find 886 pill bottles in rental car

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Jayson Arias (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Jayson Arias (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)
Jesse Heck (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Jesse Heck (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)
Nakiya Heck (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Nakiya Heck (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Police responded to a shoplifting call in Florence over the weekend got more than they bargaining for when they opened the trunk of their suspects' car.

Major Carlos Raines, spokesman for Florence Police Department, tells WMBF News that officers responded to the CVS on 933 South Irby Street to a reported shoplifting on Sunday around 9:25 p.m.

Turning into the CVS parking lot from Cherokee Street, the first officer on the scene noticed a male walking swiftly away from the store before spotting a woman matching the suspect description given, a black female in a yellow shirt and jean shorts identified as 31-year-old Nakiya Heck of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Heck climbed into the back seat of a car driven by a male, identified as 30-year-old Jayson Arias of Boca Raton, FL. The officer blocked that vehicle before they could flee the scene.

Raines says after searching they found the two bottles of multi-vitamins reportedly stolen concealed in Heck's purse.

Mrs. Heck insisted she did not take anything, and Arias further denied knowing anything about the contents of the car. Further searching found even more bottles of vitamins in a trash bag, prompting the officer to call for assistance to search the vehicle which belonged to a rental company in Florida, Raines said.

In the car officers found 886 bottles of assorted pain relievers and vitamins and three cups from Wendy's that were still cold. They also found identifying documents that did not match Arias or Mrs. Heck, but belonged to Mrs. Heck's husband.

Raines says the driver's license in the wallet matched the man seen walking across the parking lot and away from the CVS when police arrived. When asked where her husband was, Mrs. Heck responded that he was in Pennsylvania.

Jesse Heck, 33, was located nearby and all three suspects were charged with hindering after they were transported to the Florence County Detention Center. Mrs. Heck was also charged with shoplifting.

The bottles of pills were seized, logged into evidence and the vehicle was towed.

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