Witness chases Kingsport car thief

Rain Smith • May 1, 2018 at 2:09 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

April 26

During a burglary at a Rogersville residence, the suspect entered through a dog door, then covered a security camera with a T-shirt so identification could not be made.

April 27

When a deputy responded to a domestic disturbance, a woman said she was arguing with her husband "about him having to kill ants." He claimed that she "was just crazy." They agreed to separate for the day and police took no action.

April 29

A Rogersville resident called police after finding "107 election signs in her yard that weren't there the night before." They were taken to the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office to be retrieved by candidates. The prank was believed to have been pulled by a juvenile.

Rogersville Police Department

April 29

An officer was called to Walmart about a man putting on new shoes, then replacing them in the box with his old ones. The suspect was found in the bathroom with both the  footwear, a stolen flashlight and a cup of "unknown alcoholic beverage." Once arrested for theft and public intoxication, he was escorted through the store and began cursing loudly and making threats. At a patrol car outside, he urinated on both the bumper and himself.

Kingsport Police Department

April 28

A woman reported that her mother, who is an Alzheimer's patient at a local nursing home, is being stalked . The suspect reportedly visits the facility two or three times a week, telling the resident, "Let's get married," and "Let's move away together." The complainant was advised of how to pursue private charges and obtain an order of protection.

April 29

A city man told police that he had been talking on Facebook with a girl — he thought — and followed up on plans to meet with her. Instead, the female's estranged husband was at the rendezvous, armed with a golf club. He feared being attacked and fled the area.

April 30

While a man was giving a female acquaintance a ride, he stopped at Food City on North Eastman Road and left her in the vehicle. Upon exiting the store, he spotted her fleeing in his car, then ran after her until a good Samaritan stopped to assist. The pair then followed the suspect onto Memorial Boulevard and to Interstate 81. Sullivan County deputies, who were advised of the theft through dispatch, stopped the woman at Exit 69. The 19-year-old admitted, "I know it was wrong to take the car," and was found with a counterfeit $100 bill in her bra. She was arrested for felony theft and criminal simulation.

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