Eric Edwards came home to Anderson Tuesday. That night, he was sitting in the Madison County jail.

He is accused of impersonating a cop, faking a police search and stealing prescription drugs from a home.

Madison County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Edwards, 23, 3231 Arielle Ave., about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on a charge of impersonating a police officer and theft, Class D felonies. If convicted he faces up to a three-year prison sentence on each charge. Edwards is being held on a $5,000 full-cash bond.

Police were called earlier to a residence in the 8800 block of County Road 100 West to investigate a theft. Detective Darwin Dwiggins was told by the couple at the residence that a man came to the house and identified himself as Anderson police officer Terrell and showed them a badge, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The couple said they allowed Edwards to search the residence after he told them there had been a complaint about drug activity. He confiscated several bottles of prescription medication, police said.

He then went outside to check the women’s identification in a car, took some change and fled on foot getting into a red-colored vehicle, court documents state.

The car was stopped near the intersection of County Road 200 West and 600 North and the passenger, Edwards, matched the description given by the couple.

The couple said the man was wearing a black Tennessee jacket with orange sleeves and a blue toboggan cap. Edwards was reportedly wearing the jacket and the cap. Edwards told police that he did say he was a police officer and that he was there to pick up some pills for a woman named Cheryl, court documents state. Police seized three bottles of prescription medicine with the victim’s name on it, six $1 bills and $3.89 in change.

Inside the County Road 100 West house was an address book that was allegedly dropped by Edwards.

Edwards said his middle name was Terrell during his Thursday video court appearance. He added that he was in Marion and Fort Wayne looking for a job and just returned to Anderson.

In other court news:

Tyler J. Wallace, 27, 2732 Dakota Drive, was arrested on a criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon charge, a Class D felony. He was released from the Madison County Detention Center after posting a $5,000 bond.

According to court documents, Anderson police were sent to the Dakota Drive address on a report that a man was threatening to kill himself with a shotgun.

Wallace answered the door and was extremely intoxicated, according to Anderson police. Christina Taylor said she was outside the house talking to Walker’s mother and when she went back inside there was a shotgun blast to the ceiling.

Taylor said she took the gun away from Wallace while he was reloading it and put it back in a gun cabinet with two other shotguns.

Wallace told police he fired the shotgun but didn’t know why. He had a blood-alcohol content of .22 percent.

Police noted that the shotgun blast was close to a picture window facing Dakota Drive and that there were several houses across the street.

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