Alleged ring thief arrested after returning to Kingsport store

Rain Smith • Mar 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

A man suspected of shoplifting two rings in October, valued at more than $1,000, was arrested Monday after returning to the same Kingsport store.

An employee recognized the suspect and activated a panic alarm. Police responded, reviewed previously recorded surveillance footage, then placed felony shoplifting charges against the man.

According to reports from Kingsport police, the first alleged theft occurred Oct. 6 at Nooks and Crannies, 146 Broad St. An employee reported that a man entered the antique store and looked at some rings.

While the man was still in the shop, the employee noticed that two rings he was looking at -- a man's yellow gold diamond ring and woman's diamond engagement ring -- were missing.

When questioned about the jewelry, the man claimed to have no idea where they were and left the store. Employees then reviewed surveillance footage, allegedly observing the man "stick something into his pocket," according to the report filed last fall.

In that earlier incident police responded to the store, but could not locate the man. He allegedly left the area on a bicycle.

Shortly after noon on Monday Kingsport police responded to a panic alarm at the store. The same employee was working when the suspect in the earlier theft re-entered the business.

Officers arrived and identified the man as Danny W. Phillips, 24, of 1435 Ridgecrest Ave., Kingsport. Police say Phillips admitted to previously being in the store, but claimed not to have stolen anything.

Detectives reviewed the video footage from October's incident, determining Phillips should be charged with shoplifting of more than $1,000. He was arrested and booked into the Kingsport jail.

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