Thirsty store theft suspect nabbed after returning for a drink refill

Jeff Bobo • May 11, 2018 at 1:18 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill woman who allegedly took a wallet that had been left on a convenience store counter Tuesday afternoon and used the victim's credit card was arrested after she reportedly returned to that same store to get a refill on her fountain drink.

Church Hill police were unable to identify the thief based on video surveillance at the Kenjo Market on Silver Lake Road.

But, when Elizabeth A. Blizzard, 45, 370 Silver Lake Road, Church Hill returned to the store about four hours after the theft, she was recognized by a store employee who called police.

Shortly before 2 p.m. CHPD Officer Dustin Dean responded to the Ken-Jo Market at 101 Silver Lake Road on a report of a stolen wallet.

The victim stated he'd placed his wallet on the counter when he made his purchase, and then walked off without it around 12:30 p.m.

He realized he'd forgotten the wallet 30-40 minutes later and returned to pick it up, but the wallet was gone.

Dean viewed store surveillance video which showed a white female wearing a tan colored shirt and blue jeans walk to the counter approximately 30 seconds after the victim walked away.

"The video shows the female pick up the wallet and open it, then places the wallet in her pants before paying for her items and leaving the store," Dean stated in his report.

Around 4:30 p.m. a Kenjo employee reported to police that the suspect had returned to the store, reportedly to get a refill on her fountain drink.

Upon being confronted by Dean, Blizzard allegedly admitted she'd taken the wallet, and it was still in her car.

Dean recovered the wallet and placed Blizzard under arrest.

Blizzard was also allegedly found to be in possession of a pill bottle containing a white pill believed to be hydrocodone, as well as two cut straws with white powder residue

While being transported to jail Blizzard allegedly stated she used the victim's credit card at multiple locations including to fill her car with gas.

She was charged with theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Recommended for You

    Kingsport Times News Videos