A Boaz man was arrested for manufacturing meth after he reportedly stole property from a department store on Tuesday.

Graves County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Dollar General Tuesday on U.S. 45 North in response to stolen store property, such as shelving, racks, signage and other related items. The items were outside as the store was being remodeled.

Employees reported seeing a man and a woman stealing the items from the parking lot. Deputies were able to identify the male suspect as Robert Walker, 61, of Boaz, and subsequently obtained a search warrant for his residence. During the preceding investigation, deputies also learned that methamphetamine was possibly being manufactured in his home as well.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., deputies, with the assistance of the McCracken County Sheriff’s office, executed the search warrant at Walker’s home in Boaz. All of Dollar General’s property was recovered. Additionally, deputies discovered illegal drugs, items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine precursors, remnants of a recent operational methamphetamine lab, pseudoephedrine, lithium, salts, tubing, filters, funnels, solvents, drain opener and other related items. Methamphetamine that was produced by the lab was also discovered.

Walker was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Meth Precursor, First-Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to the Graves County Jail.

Dollar General’s stolen property was returned to the store.

Deputies are still investigating the female suspect who is being sought for questioning.