Robbery report results in arrest of accused pot dealer, thief

Jeff Bobo • Jun 5, 2018 at 2:28 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Reporting the person who steals your illegal narcotics to the police might get the perpetrator arrested, but a Hawkins County man found out Friday it can land you with some criminal liability as well.

On Friday afternoon, Tyler Gillespie Rogers, 21, 188 Austin Drive, Rogersville, allegedly went to a residence on Bowlin Lane to sell what police described as "a couple ounces of marijuana" to Scott Mitchell Stanley, 45, 280 Campbell Drive, Rogersville.

Here's what police were initially told

Rogers allegedly gave a statement to Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Adam Bledsoe that he had gone to 102 Bowlin Lane to buy a TV and entertainment center from Stanley for $900.

Rogers claimed that when he entered the residence, Stanley grabbed his wallet and told him to leave, suggesting that he had a gun.

Here's what police believe really happened

Bledsoe was initially dispatched to a complaint of a robbery and a man fleeing with a handgun.

When Bledsoe arrived at the scene, Stanley had already been detained in the driveway of a nearby residence on West Caney Creek Road by Detective Scott Stewart.

The investigation revealed that Rogers had allegedly gone to the residence to sell Stanley an unspecified amount of marijuana.

Stanley didn't have money to pay for the pot, so he instead fled the residence with the marijuana.

HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times News on Monday that "a couple ounces" of marijuana were recovered from Stanley, but the exact weight wasn't available. There was no gun recovered.

Stanley was charged with felony possession of marijuana over a half-ounce. He was hospitalized after being attacked by fellow inmates in the Hawkins County Jail.

Rogers was charged with delivery of marijuana and felony filing a false report.

He was released from jail on $10,000 bond and arraigned Monday.

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