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Panty raid: Man busted stealing 81 items from Victoria's Secret in Kingsport

March 14th, 2014 9:21 am by Rain Smith

Panty raid: Man busted stealing 81 items from Victoria's Secret in Kingsport

Bryan K.Harwell, 43

A Knoxville man allegedly chose the wrong store — Victoria's Secret in the Kingsport Town Center — and the wrong time — as an off-duty cop was shopping with his girlfriend — to steal 59 pairs of panties and 22 yoga pants.

The Scott County officer gave chase after witnessing the suspect dash out with a bag full of the items, valued at $1,329, and apprehended him in the parking lot outside the mall.

According to a Kingsport Police Department arrest report, the theft occurred at approximately 4:45 Thursday afternoon. A Victoria's Secret manager told police that the suspect, later identified as Bryan K.Harwell, 43, of 3021 Riflerange Road, Knoxville, concealed the clothing in a bag. As he fled from the store, the alarm activated.

At the same time, an off-duty deputy with the Scott County, Va., Sheriff's Office was shopping in Victoria's Secret with his girlfriend. The officer, identified as Deputy John Gillenwater, ran after the suspect, who reportedly dropped the stolen goods upon exiting the mall.

Harwell kept running, according to the police report, and so did Gillenwater, apprehending him in the parking lot.

Kingsport police responded to take Harwell into custody, charging him with felony theft and transporting him to the city jail.

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