TWIN FALLS — Police say three people robbed a man in Twin Falls then ran to Rock Springs, Wyo., where they stole from a local Walmart.
Amber Nicole Spradling, 19; Colton Jeffress, 24; and Cameron Don Courtright, 30, were booked into the Sweetwater County Detention Center Oct. 3.
Affidavits filed in Twin Falls County Fifth District Court request warrants to charge Jeffress with armed robbery and aggravated battery, and Spradling and Courtright with aiding and abetting in an armed robbery. They face additional charges in Wyoming.
A Twin Falls man came into the Twin Falls Police Department Oct. 2 to report he’d been the victim of a robbery.
Court documents say the man was at home in the 200 block of Ash Street when Jeffress — his friend of about 20 years — robbed him. They had just spoken on the phone a few minutes earlier and Jeffress indicated he was coming over to say goodbye.
After the man answered his door, he invited Jeffress inside the house. A Kimber 1911 pistol was sitting on a counter near the front door.
When the man turned around he saw Jeffress holding the gun in one hand and pepper spray in the other. He also noticed two other men who he didn’t recognize who were wearing masks walk into the home.
Jeffress told the man not to move or he’d kill him and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray.
The man heard drawers opening in the home and demands for money, but couldn’t see.
He told police Jeffress took a safe with money inside of it, the Kimber 1911 pistol, a PlayStation, cash from his wallet and his cell phone. Colton and the other men fled the home.
According to a statement from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, the Twin Falls Police Department contacted the sheriff’s office around 3 p.m. Oct. 3 about the robbery.
Twin Falls police had tracked Jeffress to Rock Springs, Wyo., and “believed him to be in the company of two additional people,” according to the statement. “A Kimber Pro Carry II semiautomatic pistol, used in the robbery and stolen from the victim, was thought to be in the suspects’ possession.”
Then, Rock Springs police officers were dispatched to a local Walmart at 4:39 p.m. that day for a report of two men who shoplifted.
They were described as having multiple tattoos and fled the area in a white 2014 Kia Sol with Idaho plates, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office said.
County officers found the Kia within minutes and stopped it not far from Walmart. Spradling, Jeffress, and Courtright were in the vehicle.
“Among those at the scene were Deputy Sheriff Amanda Buller and her partner K9 Deputy Huk, who alerted to the presence of drugs in the Kia’s passenger compartment,” the statement said. “During a subsequent search, deputies recovered a hypodermic syringe and the Kimber handgun described by Idaho authorities.”
When questioned by a Sweetwater County sheriff’s detective, Spradling said she, Jeffress, Courtright and a third man — a relative of Courtright — made a plan that Jeffress would retrieve the gun from his friend’s Twin Falls house.
Courtright and the third man would pepper spray him and steal from him, according to Twin Falls County court documents. Spradling was in a parked car across the street as a lookout.
They divided up the stolen goods at the third man’s house, who stayed home after that. Spradling, Jeffress and Courtright drove to Salt Lake City and then left for Oklahoma, court documents say.
During the booking process in Sweetwater County, officers found Spradling in possession of 1.66 grams of methamphetamine. She’s charged with wrongful taking or disposing of property and possession of methamphetamine.
Courtright is charged with with wrongful taking or disposing of property, according to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, and Jeffress is charged in Idaho with a robbery and parole violation.