Madison County deputies arrested three men on Sunday after they were notified an employee of Love's Truck Stop was threatened.

The employee told deputies Anthony Gardner, 40, Rice Lane, and William Taylor, 40, Danielle Court, both of Richmond, were concealing merchandise, according to citations.

The employee started following Taylor, and Taylor threatened the employee in response. He and Gardner then left the store without paying and ran to a truck that was being driven by Jeffrey Clark, 33, Edwards Avenue, Richmond.

Clark drove away from the store, and the truck was later found on Brooks Road, where the three were working on a residential fence, the citations state. Gardner then fled on foot, but returned later.

Clark admitted to driving the vehicle, Taylor admitted to stealing sunglasses and Gardner denied stealing any items. However, police found a stolen cable in Gardner's hand and stolen gloves in the area.

Taylor denied threatening the employee, his arrest citation states.

Deputies were given consent to search the vehicle, and they found a DeWalt case with a loaded syringe and several used syringes. No one claimed the DeWalt case.

The three were arrested, and during a search of Gardner's person, deputies found used syringes and a spoon with methamphetamine, his arrest citation states.

Taylor is charged with second-degree robbery and first-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified). Clark is charged with complicity to second-degree robbery, first-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Gardner is charged with complicity to second-degree robbery, first-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.

The three were taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where Gardner and Taylor remained Tuesday afternoon, according to online jail records. Clark was released on Tuesday.

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