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Hawkins deputy removes 9 rings, earrings, hair clip from shoplifting suspect's body cavity

April 16th, 2012 9:22 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins deputy removes 9 rings, earrings, hair clip from shoplifting suspect's body cavity


ROGERSVILLE — Nine rings, a pair of earrings and a hairstyle clip were officially listed as “damaged” after a Hawkins County jail deputy allegedly removed them from the body cavity of a Rogersville Walmart shoplifting suspect Saturday afternoon.

All nine rings still had their Walmart price tags, according to a report filed by Rogersville Police Department Assistant Chief James Hammonds.

Hammonds responded to a complaint of an intoxicated shoplifter Saturday about 2 p.m. at the Walmart on Route 66.

Upon his arrival, store manager Ethel Hensley told Hammonds that Crystal Gayle Lawson, 29, 7166 Route 66, Rogersville, had gone into the fitting room with several items of clothing.

Hensley said when Lawson exited the fitting room, it was obvious that those clothes had been concealed beneath what Lawson was wearing.

“I then made contact with (Lawson), who was sitting on the floor, and I could observe items wadded up under her sweatshirt,” Hammonds said. “Upon making contact with (Lawson), I observed her to have very slurred speech and to be very unsteady on her feet. (Lawson) stated she had been taking her prescribed medication when asked about her obvious signs of intoxication.”

Hammonds stated that Lawson had three shirts, a dress and a bra concealed under her sweatshirt, and she was taken into custody.

It was while she was being searched at the jail by a female jailer that the nine rings, earrings and hair clip were allegedly discovered in Lawson’s body cavity.

The value of the “damaged” items was listed at $96.56.

The remaining items of clothing were released back to Walmart.

Lawson was charged with public intoxication and theft under $500.

Her bond was set at $20,000 by Judge Kindall Lawson (no relation) because it was her second shoplifting arrest in less than week.

She was also charged with theft under $500 on April 6 for allegedly shoplifting from the Dollar Store on Route 66 in Rogersville.

Lawson will be arraigned April 25 in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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