Two arrested on drug charges during Ringgold theft investigation

August 8, 2017

A pair of Rossville roommates were arrested on drug charges in Ringgold after being questioned for their involvement in a vehicle theft that occurred earlier that evening, police say.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

Rodney King Bearden, 38, and Jeremy Donald Rains, 37, both of Shady Lane in Rossville, were arrested July 31 on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug-related objects, and possession of a firearm or knife while trying to commit crimes. Bearden was also charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Bonds for Bearden and Rains were set at 15,000 and $10,000 respectively.

The duo’s run-in with police began while officers attempted to sort out a truck theft at the Circle K convenience store at 5337 Ga. 151 (Alabama Highway).

An Ooltewah, Tenn., teenager told police he went into the gas station around 11 p.m. on Sunday night, July 30, to get something to drink, and noticed his truck had been stolen while he was at the register paying, reports show.

The teen described the truck as a black 2013 Ford F-150 Super Crew. The teen said that his iPhone 7 was left inside the vehicle.

Later that night, the teen contacted police again with additional information that his friends had attempted to FaceTime him on his phone, and that a white male suspect had responded to the interaction. The suspect claimed he’d bought the phone from a person in Chickamauga, Ga.

Rodney Bearden turned out to be the suspect who’d answered the FaceTime call, and he eventually agreed to meet with the victim to get information on how to unlock the iPhone, but was instead met by police, reports show.

“Mr. Bearden stated he wanted to clear the matter up about the iPhone,” Officer Elliot Welch said.

Rains was riding along with Bearden when police intercepted the duo, at which time they found drugs and weapons in their possession.

Two knives and a syringe were found in Bearden’s possession, while officers also found a knife on Rains. Additional syringes, digital scales, and spoons and straws with methamphetamine residue on them were found inside the vehicle.

Bearden told officers he was approached by a man in a black Ford F-150 at a gas station in Chickamauga and that he eventually purchased the iPhone from the man for $11.

While the two drug arrests were made, Police Chief Dan Bilbrey says the stolen vehicle hasn’t been recovered.

“Our officers arrested these two who were part of the investigation, but we’re still looking for the stolen F-150,” Bilbrey said.

Anyone with information about the missing vehicle or the suspect is encouraged to contact the Ringgold Police Department at 706-935-3066.