A Billings woman arrested for shoplifting left incriminating evidence in the store restroom, including a pipe, baggies of methamphetamine and her library card, prosecutors allege in court records.
The failed five-finger discount now has the woman facing a felony drug charge.
Cynthia Ann Rickford, 20, was arraigned Thursday in District Court by video from the county jail. She pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession and a misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia. Judge Mary Jane Knisely set bond at $2,500.
Rickford was arrested recently on a warrant for an incident that prosecutors said happened Aug. 25 at the Shopko store on 24th Street West. Prosecutors said Rickford was arrested that day for shoplifting.
The next day, police were called by a Shopko store employee who reported that a wallet, small baggies of a powder and crystal substance, and drug paraphernalia had been found in a store restroom. Police said the substances tested positive for methamphetamine.
Officers collected the items and found Rickford's library card in the wallet.