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Hawkins cashier accused of trading store goods to pay off debt to friend

Jeff Bobo • Apr 13, 2007 at 11:30 AM

STANLEY VALLEY - Police say a cashier at the Stanley Valley Market attempted to pay off a $70 debt to a friend Wednesday with goods from the store including lottery tickets, cigarettes, soap powder and snacks.

The cashier, Carla Hughes, 27, 135 Honeysuckle Road, Surgoinsville, had already left the store on foot Wednesday morning by the time Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Nathan Simpson arrived on the scene. Simpson found Hughes walking south on Shanks Gap Road.

"Carla admitted to giving her friend (goods from the store) because she thought her boss could take the payment out of her next paycheck," Simpson stated in his report. "Carla's friend later came back to the store and spoke to Cpl. David Lafollette. She said that Carla owed her $70 and told her to ‘do some shopping to settle up and she would take care of it.'"

Among the items taken were two cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, one individual pack of Marlboro cigarettes, five lottery tickets, two containers of soap powder, four large packages of Pringles potato chips, two drinks, two candy bars, chicken fries and cheese sticks.

The only items recovered were one package of soap powder and one carton of cigarettes, Simpson stated in his report. The cost of the items, not including sales tax, was $102.

Sheriff Roger Christian said the incident is still under investigation, and as of Friday afternoon no charges had been placed against Hughes or her friend.

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