Wal-Mart greeter dragged by car during TV theft; Kingsport police arrest three suspects

Rain Smith • Dec 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — A Wal-Mart greeter, attempting to stop the theft of a TV, was dragged by a car across the parking lot of a Kingsport store Tuesday night.

Kingsport police say three suspects were later arrested on theft charges, with two additionally charged with felony reckless endangerment.

According to a press release from the Kingsport Police Department, the incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. at the Wal-Mart on Fort Henry Drive. A female attempted to leave the store with a TV valued at $448 but could not provide the greeter a receipt for her purchase.

The greeter, Clarence Painter, no age provided, attempted to stop the woman as she entered the rear seat of a Saturn parked outside.

The car, which was also occupied by two men, drove away with Painter still holding onto the TV.

“The Saturn pulled off dragging Mr. Painter across the parking lot,” states the press release from police. “Mr. Painter eventually let go and fell to the pavement, and he suffered numerous cuts and abrasions.”

A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) was issued for the vehicle to surrounding law enforcement agencies, and a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped the vehicle a short time later in the area of Orebank Road.

Two men were in the vehicle when it was stopped, but there was no woman traveling with them. However, in the floorboard of the car police found eyeglasses that Painter had reported losing in the incident at Wal-Mart.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as David Chapman, 31, 1235 W. State St., Bristol, Tenn. He and his passenger, Travis Rose, 20, 878 Pardee St., Johnson City, were transported to the Kingsport Police Department and interviewed.

Each was charged with theft under $500, with Chapman receiving an additional charge of felony reckless endangerment.

Kingsport police said the female suspect was later located at her residence in Miller Village Apartments. Shaina Harvey, 20, 3828 Eastline Drive, Apt. 78, was arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment and theft under $500.

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