Wal-Mart shoplifting suspects charged with possession of drugs, paraphernalia

Rain Smith • Feb 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Police responding to a shoplifting call at a Kingsport Wal-Mart ended up making two arrests on drug charges.

According to a Kingsport Police incident report, the officer responded to the West Stone Drive Wal-Mart about 1:15 Saturday morning. A loss prevention officer had detained a man and woman he had suspected of shoplifting.

Police say that when the Wal-Mart employee attempted to stop the woman, she handed a Crown Royal bag to her boyfriend and told him to run. Following a short struggle with the loss prevention officer, the man was detained.

Police say the Crown Royal bag contained a green leafy substance, several baggies, a pill crusher with white residue, a pack of rolling papers and a scale.

The male suspect, identified as Nathan Kilgore, 35, of 401 Park Ridge Drive, Kingsport, was arrested and transported to Kingsport City Jail. Police say he appeared to be intoxicated, as his speech was slow and slurred and he was unsteady on his feet.

Kilgore is charged with possession of drugs for resale, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to police, the female suspect initially provided a false name and social security number. She was later positively identified as Jessica Alan Hobbs, 24, of 205 East Ravine Road, Kingsport. She was also arrested and transported to Kingsport City Jail.

Hobbs is charged with public intoxication, identity theft, possession of drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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