MARIANNA, FL (WTXL) - Three people were arrested in Jackson County after stealing a state vehicle from the home of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission employee.
Brian Beauchamp, Sarah Hays, and Trevor Phillmon were arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.
A family member was checking on a home on Honey Pot Lane, just east of Marianna, while the homeowners were out of town when they discovered a 4-door car in the yard and the FWC vehicle was missing, according to deputies.
Authorities say the homeowner was a Biologist with FWC and confirmed on-scene that the agency vehicle had been stolen. Deputies were also able to determine that the car found in yard was registered to Phillmon.
While the deputies were on-scene, the stolen FWC truck turned back into the driveway. They say when the vehicle occupants saw the officers they tried to back out of the yard.
The two men fled from the car as deputies made contact with Hays, who was driving the vehicle. Hays told officers only one person, who she said was Phillmon, exited the vehicle.
Deputies called in K-9 teams who were able to follow two sets of tracks and locate Beauchamp and and Phillmon.
A search of the FWC vehicle uncovered, "methamphetamine, a synthetic drug called "Molly" along with drug paraphernalia such as hypodermic needles, coffee filters, and plastic tubing," according to the department.
The three were charged with Grand Theft Auto, possession of Methamphetamine, possession of "Molly", possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting officers without violence.