Man charged with burglary attempts at Kingsport pharmacies

Rain Smith • Nov 14, 2012 at 3:54 AM

A suspect in the April armed robbery of a Lynn Garden convenience store is now charged with recent burglary attempts at Kingsport pharmacies — including one incident where he allegedly cut holes in the roof to try and gain entry.

Logan A. Parsons, 21, of 320 Clark St., Kingsport, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for attempted burglary and felony vandalism. The warrant was served in Kingsport General Sessions Court, where Parsons had a hearing scheduled for his alleged role in the April 13 robbery of a Valero station at knife-point.

An affidavit states that on Oct. 8 at approximately 2:20 a.m. Kingsport police responded to an alarm at P & S Pharmacy, 613 Watauga Street. Officers found the glass on a back door had been shattered and light bulbs on the outside fixtures had been loosened, preventing them from illuminating the area.

Shortly after the alarm sounded a patrol officer observed a man running from Watauga Street towards Church Circle. The man was stopped, identified as Parsons and questioned, with police noting he appeared nervous. The affidavit states Parsons was photographed and released with the case forwarded to detectives.

At approximately 9 a.m. that same morning police were called to an attempted burglary at Marcum's Pharmacy on East Ravine Road, located less than four blocks from P & S Pharmacy. A report of the incident states an officer climbed on the roof and photographed two separate holes, believed to have been cut with a utility knife left behind at the scene. Though entry into the business was not made, damages were estimated at approximately $4,000.

Kingsport Police Det. Tommy Arnold says surveillance footage from P & S was later obtained, revealing Parsons to be behind the building just prior to the alarm sounding. A warrant was issued charging him with burglary attempts at both businesses, along with felony vandalism.

The warrant was served as Parsons was in General Sessions court on Tuesday afternoon. He had a hearing scheduled on charges of aggravated robbery, related to an April 3 incident at a Valero station, 817 Lynn Garden Drive.

Police say that at approximately 12:30 a.m. two men entered with their faces covered and displaying knives, fleeing with cash and cigarettes. Parsons was later arrested in the incident and charged with aggravated robbery, along with a second suspect, David Henegar, 20. Parsons' hearing for the Valero incident was reset for January.

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