Report: Rock Hill woman who broke into church had bullets, cocaine, needles in car

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comAugust 20, 2013 

Rock Hill woman charged with breaking into a church.


— Cocaine, bullets and needles encrusted with a “brown substance” were found in a car belonging to a Rock Hill woman accused of breaking into a church, damaging a door with a rock and disheveling the air conditioning unit in the pastor’s office on Sunday.

Deputies were called to Antioch United Methodist Church on Rambo Road at about 7 p.m. when a church member and property caretaker reported that someone driving a blue Ford Escape tried to break into the church, according to a York County Sheriff’s report.

The caretaker told deputies another church member saw the Ford Escape sitting in the church parking lot while he and his wife were walking, the report states. They saw a woman leave the church, get into the car and drive away.

Deputies found that the church’s back window had been shattered, a window air conditioning unit in the pastor’s office had been pulled out and a large rock sat on the ground by the back door, the report states. Church members were able to give deputies a physical and clothing description of the woman, as well as her car’s tag number.

Police cross-checked the tag number and found it registered to Amanda Drawdy, 26, the report states. Deputies went to her Olympus Road home and spoke with her mother, who confirmed that Drawdy drives a Ford Escape. Deputies called Drawdy, who agreed to meet with them at the Books-A-Million bookstore off Dave Lyle Boulevard.

Drawdy, who matched the description the church members gave, told authorities she had no idea about any burglary at the church and had been in Charlotte all day. She gave police permission to search her car, where they found several 9mm bullets in the center console, jewelry and silverware in the back seat and a black nylon case carrying several used needles, one of which had a brown substance inside of it, the report states.

Drawdy told deputies the bullets belonged to a pistol she pawned earlier, the report states. Police did not find her with any weapons, but did find .04 grams of cocaine and two packages of prescription pills in her purse.

A deputy emailed another deputy a picture of Drawdy while he was still on scene with the couple at the church. The church members positively identified Drawdy as the woman they saw leaving the church and get into the car, the report states.

Deputies arrested Drawdy, charging her with third-degree burglary, possession of cocaine, possession of tools being capable of being used in a crime and possession of suboxone, an opiate used to treat pain. She was released from jail Monday on a more than $6,000 bond.

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