On 04/20/2020, deputies with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office recovered a stolen 1995 Ford F-150 on Davis Ln in Parsons. The truck was stolen on 04/09/2020 from Haywood county. On 04/21/20 Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski returned to the area and began to canvass the area and talk with citizens about the stolen truck. During the course of the investigation, Investigators developed 3 suspects involved in the theft, Dwayne Lancaster, Drake Miller, and Savannah Collins. Investigators determined that Dwayne Lancaster was living in the Gunn Gardens Apartments in room 39 which is occupied by Melissa Lee. Melissa Lee is also the mother of suspect Miller. Investigators spoke with Melissa Lee and James C. Gilbert and asked if they had seen Dwayne Lancaster that day. Lee and Gilbert said that they had not, but would call if they did. Investigators told Lee and Gilbert that the Sheriff's Department was looking for Lancaster to apprehend him for numerous warrants. Investigator Martin with the Parsons Police Dept was notified about the incident and that Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski were looking for Lancaster. Investigator Martin saw Lancaster in the wooded area behind Gunn Gardens and attempted to apprehend Lancaster. Lancaster fled on foot from Inv. Martin who gave chase. Inv Martin lost Lancaster in the wooded area. At approximately 2:30 pm, Investigators saw the vehicle driven by Gilbert, and occupied by Melissa Lee in the front seat, leaving the Gunn Gardens Apartments and heading East on Cooley Avenue. Investigators pulled alongside the vehicle, and Investigator Zukowski could see legs in the passenger rear seat area, and the upper part of a body covered up. Investigator Zukowski exited the vehicle, opened the door of the suspect vehicle, and Dwayne Lancaster was the one hiding in the seat. Also located in the vehicle was a container with methamphetamine, which Gilbert admitted was his.
Due to James Gilbert and Melissa Lee knowingly trying to aid in Lancaster not being arrested, both are charged with Accessory After the Fact. Gilbert had an additional charge of Methamphetamine-Manufacture,deliver,sell,or possessession. Both Gilbert and Lee were booked into the Decatur County Detention Center. Lee was released on a $5,000 bond and Gilbert a $15,000 bond.
Dwayne Lancaster was booked into the Decatur County Detention Center and charged with Evading Arrest. Suspect Lancaster also had outstanding indictments out of Davidson Co and an outstanding VOP out of Decatur Co Circuit Court. He is being held without bond.
Investigator Whitlock contacted the Haywood County Sheriffs Office and notified them of the incident. Detectives with the Haywood Co. Sheriff's Office issued warrants for Miller, Lancaster, and Collins for the theft of the Ford F-150. On 04/22/20 Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski arrested Miller and Collins without incident and transported to the Haywood Co. jail where they are being held on a $25,000 bond each.