Two employees, including an assistant manager, at Tread Quarters Discount Tire in Mount Airy and a woman were arrested Sunday after allegedly using heroin at the store.
Todd Christopher Bentz, 30, of Hagerstown, and Nicholis Jude Edwards, 26, of Woodsboro, were arrested Sunday after another employee reported drug use at the store to Maryland State Police, according to a statement of probable cause. Edwards' girlfriend, Teresa Nicole Downs, 23, of Damascus, was also arrested for alleged heroin use.
Bentz, the Tread Quarters assistant manager, is charged with eight counts, including disorderly conduct, possessing a controlled dangerous substance that was not marijuana, and obstructing and hindering police. He was initially held on $15,000 bail, which was reduced to $5,000 after a bail review Monday, and is still being held at Carroll County Detention Center as of 4 p.m., according to electronic court records.
Edwards and Downs are both charged with three counts, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance that was not marijuana. They were released Sunday on their own recognizance, meaning they did not have to post bail but promised to show up to their court dates, according to electronic court records.
Maryland State Police were called to the tire store in the 200 block of E. Ridgeville Blvd. at approximately 10:09 a.m. Sunday after an employee reported illicit drug use, according to a statement of probable cause.
The employee told the trooper that he had called the police and noticed there was an increase in drug activity and thefts at the tire store. The caller said they saw Edwards and Downs walk into an office at the store and participate in drug-like activities, according to the statement.
Edwards and Downs initially told the trooper they were not using drugs but voluntarily showed him "fresh red mark[s]" that the two claimed were at least a year old, according to the statement. Edwards allegedly later told the trooper that he had two syringes that Downs and he used to shoot heroin, according to the statement.
As the trooper interviewed Edwards and Downs, Bentz allegedly became concerned and told the trooper that he had no right to be at the store and was causing customers to leave. He then called someone on the phone to say that the trooper had come to harass people, according to the statement.
The trooper searched Bentz's work area where he allegedly found another used syringe, a white paper brochure and a folded dollar bill, all of which allegedly had traces of heroin, according to the statement.
Edwards and Downs were taken into custody by deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
Bentz allegedly began to shout that another employee "sold us out," as he was being detained according to the statement.
Preliminary court dates have been set for Bentz, Edwards and Downs on April 5.
When reached Monday by phone, the district manager at Tread Quarters declined to comment.