Kingsport police catch pair allegedly stealing catalytic converter

Rain Smith • Mar 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Kingsport police have arrested a pair of people for theft, shortly after they allegedly cut a catalytic converter from a car in broad daylight, at the side of a busy intersection.

According to an arrest report, the incident occurred Friday at about 2:45 p.m. A caller told central dispatch that a tan vehicle had pulled beside a car parked at intersection of West Stone Drive and Union Street. The caller then claimed a man exited the tan vehicle, crawling beneath the car parked at the side of the road.

Dispatch remained on the phone with the caller while officers responded. Before they could arrive, according to the caller, the man exited from beneath the vehicle. He then left the scene in the vehicle he arrived in, accompanied by a woman.

The caller directed police to a nearby residence, 1929 Patton St., where the suspects' vehicle had allegedly driven. Police arrived to speak with a woman outside the home, Sherrie J. Absher, 48.

"While walking up to speak to Absher I saw a Craftsman Sawz All in plain view in the floor board of the tan vehicle," writes the reporting officer.

Though Absher was allegedly nervous and hesitant to answer questions, she eventually granted police permission to search her vehicle.

"When she unlocked the trunk we observed a catalytic converter," reads the report. "Absher advised that she didn't know it was in there."

When asked about the male that was with her at the time of the alleged theft, Absher refused to answer. Once she was placed under arrest for theft, and asked again about the male, she allegedly replied, "I'm no snitch."

Police report they then spoke with two individuals living with Absher at the Patton Street home. They told police that Absher had recently left the residence and then returned, accompanied each time by a man who was still inside the house.

The report states that Absher gave permission for police to search her home. In the back bedroom police found a man identified as Brandon Carter, 32, of Danville, Va. He allegedly matched the description the 911 caller had provided on the theft suspect.

Carter was also arrested and charged with theft.

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