The item turned out to be a can of computer dust remover.
Rogersville Police Department Officer Ron Skelton stated in his report he was on routine patrol and speaking to a store employee at the entrance to the Wal-Mart store on Route 66 when he spotted Stapleton, 22, 228 BullsGap/St. Clair Road, Bulls Gap, attempting to exit the store.
“I gave a verbal command for the male subject to stop,” Skelton said. “At this time I asked him what he had concealed in his pants. He proceeded to remove a can of ‘Clean Safe’ dust remover from the crotch area of his pants.”
Skelton said he told Stapleton he was under arrest for shoplifting and for him to put his hands behind his back, but Stapleton refused.
When Skelton attempted to place Stapleton’s hands behind his back, Stapleton allegedly pulled away and attempted to break for the door.
At that point Skelton “assisted the male subject to the ground, and after a brief struggle was able to place hand restraints on him.”
Stapleton was charged with theft under $500 and resisting arrest. He is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Sept. 3.