Would-be informant charged with filing a false report

Jeff Bobo • Feb 14, 2007 at 9:45 AM

CHURCH HILL - A Church Hill woman accused of stealing pain pills from a local residence Tuesday reportedly attempted to cooperate with police by turning informant in some unsolved burglaries.

But when Church Hill Police Department Detective Dustin Dean allegedly caught her in a lie as she described the burglaries and suspects, Crystal Michelle Knowles, 20, 106 Fairview Ave., was charged with filing a false report along with the theft and drug charges.

The investigation began Tuesday afternoon when a woman told Church Hill police someone had stolen several pills, Lortab and Xanax, from her purse while she was at a residence in the same mobile home park where Knowles lives. The woman told police the only people around her purse when the pills were stolen were Knowles and Brandi Leanne Duty, 19, also of 106 Fairview Ave.

Dean said he located Knowles and Duty parked in the driveway of a residence on Christians Bend Road. A search of both women allegedly revealed them both to be in possession of the stolen pills, as well as some Percocet.

Knowles allegedly admitted they were the stolen pills but claimed she didn't steal the pills and was just holding them for someone else. Duty allegedly told police Knowles had stolen the pills and she was just holding them for Knowles.

While Knowles was at the police station being questioned about a separate matter in which she is a suspect, she allegedly began informing on some unsolved burglaries.

"Knowles was read her rights, which she waived, and said she knew the subjects who had committed burglaries in our city," Dean stated in the arrest warrant. "She began to give information about the incident and who was involved. Several minutes into her confession I discovered several discrepancies in her stories.

"Knowles admitted she was lying about the incident and stated she was sorry."

Knowles was charged with theft under $500, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule III narcotics, and filing a false report. Duty was charged with theft under $500 and possession of Schedule II narcotics.

They were both released from the Hawkins County Jail on Wednesday. Knowles will be arraigned Feb. 26, while Duty is set for arraignment on March 5.

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