Stolen purse leads deputies to arrest pair on theft, meth charges

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Two people are in the Jefferson County Jail after an investigation into the report of a stolen purse led officers to locate the suspects near the local Walmart store.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Brandin Hylton, and 31-year-old Christian Sloan, both of Springfield, Missouri, were arrested.

Hylton is charged with possession of methamphetamine, burglary, and theft. He is also being held a on an outstanding Missouri warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Sloan faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and driving on a revoked license.

Deputies initially responded to the Bluford American Legion for a report of a stolen purse. A credit card in the purse had reportedly been used at Walmart, and while enroute to Walmart, a deputy reportedly spotted Hylton walking down the interstate.

After questioning, Hylton threw something that later was discovered to be the meth on the ground. The sheriff’s office also reported that Hylton matched the description of the person who took the purse at the American Legion.

As the suspect vehicle was leaving Wal-Mart another deputy preformed a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Sloan. Sloan had a revoked driver’s license and was arrested.

Inside the car Deputies located the stolen purse and additional methamphetamine with needles.

Both suspects were transported to the Jefferson County Jail where they remain.