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Meth lab fire results in indictments of caregiver

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MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A McMinn County woman was indicted by the McMinn County Grand Jury after a meth lab fire was traced to the residence where she was employed as a caregiver for an elderly couple.
 
Angela Diane Bentley, 49, was indicted on one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, one count of Reckless Endangerment, one count of Violation of Meth Precursor Amounts, six counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics, one count of Possession of Schedule IV Narcotics, one count of Theft Under $500, and one count of Theft Over $1000.
 
Sheriff Joe Guy stated that on September 10, Deputy Daniel Lantz responded to a possible fire in a garbage truck on County Road 142. Deputy Lantz investigated the cause of smoke from a bag in the garbage load and recognized possible meth components in the bag.

Detective Chad Bogle was notified and arrived at the scene to follow up the initial investigation. Bogle located a receipt in the bag from Lowes for that date, and later was able to identify a white female purchasing plastic tubing at the Athens Lowes store with the assistance of store video surveillance.
 
"The response and follow up by our officers was outstanding," said Sheriff Joe Guy. "Their hard an diligent work was what solved this case."
 
Bogle was also able to connect the trash bag to the residence of Lloyd and Maryellen Kimbrough at 137 County Road 146. A few days later, Detective Bogle continued his investigation and observed two females at the Kimbrough residence dumping trash that was later found to contain additional meth components.
 
Accompanied by Detectives Tim Carver and Greg Earps, Detective Bogle returned to the Kimbrough residence on September 24 and spoke with the two females, Rebecca Torbett and Angela Bentley.
 
"As the detectives spoke with both females, it was discovered that Ms. Torbett had been employed as a caregiver to the elderly Kimbrough couple for only a few days, but that Ms. Bentley had been working for them for several months," said Sheriff Guy. "We had previously received information that Ms. Bentley was taking money from the Kimbroughs."
 
After speaking with Ms. Bentley, Bogle discovered additional controlled substances in Ms. Bentley's car and purse, including the Kimbrough's personal information and drivers license. Additional investigations revealed Ms. Bentley using the Kimbrough's ATM card to make unauthorized withdrawals from the Kimbrough's bank account.
 
Bogle prepared a case file and presented the case to the October McMinn County Grand Jury.
 
"It was no surprise that the Grand Jury issued and indictment in this case," said Sheriff Guy. "It is simply a heinous crime to pose as a caregiver to the elderly, all the while stealing from them and possibly using their residence to make meth."
 
Sheriff Guy added that Bentley has previous criminal records involving drugs and thefts.
 
Bentley was arrested by Detective Bogle on the indictments on Thursday, and faces arraignment at the next McMinn County Session of Criminal Court. She is being held at the McMinn County Justice Center on $150,000 bond.

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