A Bean Station woman Tuesday faces shoplifting and drug charges, while the driver of the truck in which she was riding was cited for drug possession and failure to show proof of insurance.
Phyllis West, 51, U.S. Highway 11W South, Bean Station, was charged Tuesday with shoplifting, criminal trespassing and possession of methamphetamine.
Melissa Whitaker, no age given, of Squaw Road, Bean Station, was charged Tuesday with possession of legend drug and failure to prove financial responsibility.
Officers were called to Kohl’s in College Square Mall for a shoplifter.
According to Ryne Hicks, loss prevention officer with Kohl’s, West entered the store with a flat black purse.
She then selected merchandise at random and entered the juniors’ department dressing room. West exited the dressing room with the purse now bigger than before. West then selected two pairs of sunglasses, a bra, two pairs of underwear, a tank top, then entered the women’s dressing room. She exited that dressing room and tags from the items were spotted in one of the stalls.
On the way to the store, officers were advised that the woman had fled in a Nissan Frontier pickup truck.
Hicks was in pursuit of the woman when she yelled to the driver of the truck to “start it up, start it up!”
Hicks was unable to apprehend the woman, but Officers Jordan Wilson and Tyler Harbin of the Morristown Police Department saw the truck traveling east on Morris Boulevard.
A traffic stop was initiated on the northbound ramp of U.S. Highway 25E , where clothing items from Kohl’s were thrown from the rear passenger’s side window of the truck.
Value of the items are $292, with $134 in restitution requested for damage to merchandise.
West was removed from the truck and was placed into custody. Consent was given to search the truck, where two Gabapentin tablets were discovered on the driver, identified as Whitaker, who was cited into Hamblen County Sessions Court.
When West was taken back to Kohl’s for identification, she advised officers that she had meth stuffed inside her pants prior to her arrival at Hamblen County Jail.