Women allegedly attempt to steal six computers from Kingsport Wal-Mart

Rain Smith • Jan 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Two Bristol, Tenn. women were arrested Friday night in Kingsport after allegedly attempting to steal six computers from Wal-Mart.

According to an incident report from Kingsport police, officers were called to Wal-Mart, 3200 Fort Henry Drive, shortly after 7 p.m. Employees told police two women had been pushing a cart loaded with six computers and were seen using a hammer to remove a security device from one of the laptops.

When the device was struck with the hammer and broken, it activated the alarm. The women then allegedly ditched their cart and headed towards the front of the store.

The report says that as the women attempted to leave they were stopped by police. Carrie L. Sturgill, 35, and Hope M. Reynolds, 36, each of 301 Cypress St., Apartment No. 1, were arrested and charged with attempted theft of more than $1,000.

Police say that in addition to the six computers, the cart contained two bottles of Clorox bleach, two bottles of detergent, one puzzle and a child's toy.

During a search of Reynold's purse, police say they found two pill bottles with no prescription label. The report says the bottles contained 13 and one half pills identified as Seroquel, 60 pills identified as alprazolam and one diazepam.

Reynolds could not produce a prescription for the medications and was charged with simple possession of schedule IV drugs. And, since Reynolds was banned from all Wal-Marts after being charged with shoplifting at a Bristol store in 2005, she was also charged with criminal trespassing.

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