A good Samaritan took in a homeless couple who stole coins from a collection and a prescription controlled substance from him, Texas County authorities say.
A man and woman are each charged with two felonies after a Texas County Sheriff’s Department investigation of incidents spanning much of January. Lewis G. Bowles Jr., 35 (who has no address according to authorities), and Jena Ringwell, 27, (whose address is listed as being in Laquey), are each charged with stealing over $750 and stealing – all other property (both class D felonies).
According to a deputy’s investigation, Bowles and Ringwell (who also goes by the last name, Hurley) stole coins with a face value of about $2,186 and about 70 oxycodone pills from the northwest Texas County residence of an 82-year-old man. The two were reportedly homeless and were staying in a bedroom in the basement of the man’s home while a rental house of his was being prepared.
Bowles and Ringwell had access to the rest of the man’s house as well, according to the report, and the man had allowed Ringwell to become familiar with his coin collection room and help him list some pennies for sale on the Internet.
The deputy reported that Bowles and Ringwell are blaming each other for the crimes and attempting to minimize their own roles.
Ringwell reportedly admitted having knowledge of the theft of the coins and drugs and to being present during the sale of some of the coins in Buckhorn, but she claims Bowles is responsible for the thefts of all items.
Bowles reportedly claims he didn’t steal the coins from the room they were in, but admitted to being present during the sale. He also reportedly stated that Ringwell was responsible for the theft of the pills.
The actual value of the coins is being tabulated, but will greatly exceed their face value, a deputy said. Only a few of the coins have been recovered after being found in the pair’s bedroom.
Bowles and Ringwell are each in the Texas County Jail on $150,000 bond.