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Children's theft of wallet nets woman's arrest

Rain Smith • Apr 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Kingsport Police Department

April 11

Loss prevention at Belk alerted police to a pair of people trying to buy merchandise with fake credit cards. The suspects had made $3,500 in fraudulent purchases the previous day at another Tri-Cities store. An officer detained the pair, who hail from Memphis and Texas, and found them in possession of 21 reproduced credit cards and fake IDs. They were arrested on multiple charges.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

April 9

— A woman advised that her daughter, age 13, had been communicating through Snapchat with a 22-year-old man. He had reportedly asked the girl to meet for sex, then was spotted driving by the complainant’s home. An investigation is ongoing.

— A man arrived home and found a window lock had broken, cigarette ashes were on his floor and a couch had been stained. He and his niece believed the sofa had been soiled by “body fluids.” Though guns, change and medications were out in the open at the residence, nothing was found to have been stolen.

— Police were alerted to a woman standing in the middle of Stewart Drive in Rogersville, forcing vehicles to drive around her. A deputy found the woman still standing in the roadway and talking to people who weren’t there. She advised she had taken “some type of medication to see what it would do to her,” netting her arrest for public intoxication.

April 10

When a Bulls Gap woman returned from out of town, she found her home ransacked and nearly $5,000 in appliances and artwork missing. Investigators believe the burglars spent an extended period of time in the residence due to cigarette butts, empty soft drink bottles and the bathroom being used. Former family members through marriage were listed as suspects.

April 11

— On Highway 11-W, a deputy observed a pedestrian “flipping” motorists off with her middle finger. When asked about her actions, she claimed through slurred speech that the gesture was meant for her boyfriend who drove by. She was found to have a glass pipe in her backpack, then jailed for possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

— After a Bulls Gap man lost his wallet outside his residence, he suspected “neighborhood children” of picking it up. An officer visited the house next door, where a woman said four girls wanted to spend their “birthday money” at Walmart. Before they departed, the children admitted to finding the wallet and splitting its $420 — but the 59-year-old female still took them shopping. She was arrested for theft under $1,000 and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The victim was returned what was left of his cash, $140, while items the girls purchased were entered into evidence.

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