Beaufort, Mo. - This morning Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke released a statement regarding a theft of a backpack and firearm from a residence in the Beaufort area off Highway 185 last Tuesday. (Nov. 26)
The victim witnessed observed a white male in a White Chevy truck grab his hunting rifle and pack off of his porch before taking off at a high rate of speed.
Wednesday afternoon an on-duty Franklin County deputy was in a Washington area gun shop checking on an order, when irony and stupidity led to the arrest of a white male and female.
While the deputy was at the gun shop, ironically the victim also came in to the shop to make a purchase.
While the two were in the shop and despite the fact the deputy’s patrol car was parked out front, a white female and male also entered the shot to sell a pair of binoculars.
The victim saw the binoculars and positively identified them as his. He also identified the male as the subject stealing his property.
The white male and vehicle he was driving were also positively identified by the victim as the suspect involved in the theft.
The white male, Robert Poucher, age 48 from Leslie, Mo was arrested for the theft of the firearm and backpack and the white female, Amanda Cotton, age 37 also from Leslie, was taken into custody for active warrants for her arrest.
A fixed blade hunting knife was also located on Poucher and was positively identified as being taken from the victim as well.
Both suspects refused consent to a search of their residence on Horton Road and maintained their innocence, which turned out being a big mistake on their part.
A search warrant was a applied for and granted for the residence.
The remainder of the stolen items were located in different parts of the residence.
The remnants of a "one pot" Methamphetamine Lab were located on the kitchen counter along with other chemicals and precursors.
A number of articles related to the use of methamphetamine were also located.
Poucher had also lived in Pacific, Mo. at one time and has an extensive criminal history spanning different states involving thefts, narcotics violations, and assault on law enforcement.
Charges of delivery, distribution, and manufacturing narcotics were issued against Poucher.
Warrants for possession of narcotics were issued against Cotton and bond has been set at $50,000.00 for each.