6/10/2014 9:14 PM
by Courtney Rosemond
RAINELLE - A boyfriend and girlfriend are arrested after allegedly stealing thousands in cash from a house in the Alderson area.
Rainelle Police Chief J-P Stevens says Lloyd Hamrick and Lisa Bennet, both of the Quinwood area were arrested.
Stevens says an informant told him Monday night that the couple broke into the house and stole $54,000 in cash. Stevens contacted local law enforcement agencies to assist with the investigation since the incident happened at the county line.
Officers found the suspects at the Rainelle Motor Lodge Tuesday morning, where they were arrested after officers spoke with them and recovered marijuana. Stevens says officers recovered $21,000 plus other drugs and drug paraphernalia upon further investigation. The couple reportedly confessed to the crime and said they used a portion of the stolen money to buy a jeep, a four-wheeler and lottery tickets. Stevens says they also admitted to gambling with the money at Sandy's Hot Spot.