Wheelchair-Bound Shoplifter Has Light Bulb Used for Drug Smoking

The light bulb had a small hole in it and burn marks.

Amanda Darlene Mote, 44. Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
Amanda Darlene Mote, 44. Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
An item in the bag of a woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart caught the eye of a Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy at the Cartersville store to transport her to jail.

Amanda Darlene Mote, 44, a resident of Guest House at 204 E. Felton Road in Cartersville, was in a wheelchair about 2 p.m. Wednesday when she was detained by Walmart security personnel. Authorities called for a sheriff's office van to take her to jail on a felony shoplifting charge.

But before it arrived, a deputy noticed a light bulb in Mote's belongings.

"While I was talking to (Mote), I observed a plastic bag lying on the bench in front of her. All (Mote's) belongings she was carrying (were) lying on the bench," the deputy wrote in the report. "Without touching the bag, I observed what appeared to be a light bulb that had a small hole in the side of it and burn marks on the side and bottom. 

"I know this to be an item used for smoking drugs. Next to the bag was a small, green key chain container that through my experience was used to hold drugs. I looked in the container and found a small, corner bag containing a crystalline substance that appeared to be meth.

"When (Mote saw) that I found that item, she advised it was no hers."

Mote was arrested and jailed on charges of possession of methamphetamine and shoplifting.

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Steve Brooks January 18, 2014 at 07:39 AM
You are correct Frank. It is sad. Amanda needs some help!!!
janh999 January 18, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Maybe her SSI disability should be taken away so she cant buy the stuff with taxpayer money anymore.
Frank Ferrer January 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Janh999, unfortunately, you could be correct. Between EBT, and other government handouts, we enable folks to continue their sinful, reckless behaviour, and we as a society pay more in the long run.
Midtown gurl January 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM
She's only 44?!?! Looking 20+ years older should be reason enough to stay away from whatever crap she was smoking. I guess she thought smoking it through a light bulb made it a "light" version of dope, like Marlboro Lights.
bobby black January 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM
A common trait of dopers. Also most of them have red marks and sores on their face. Pathetic.


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