Cookeville police have either arrested or issued citations to several shoplifters at area stores over the past few days. On Saturday night, police say 20-year-old Kimberly Tasha Woolfram of Crossville allegedly attempted to steal a tape measure, pliers, and gloves from the Walmart on S. Jefferson Avenue. She had reportedly been banned from any Walmart property after a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store in Crossville, and authorities say because she didn't have any form of ID, they handcuffed her and took her to jail, rather than just issuing a ticket.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Eric Frank Jones of Rickman was arrested after he allegedly opened a carton of milk inside the Hills IGA store and drank it. He also allegedly took a snack cake out of its wrapper and consumed it. But when confronted by store employees, and later by police, Jones reportedly began cursing loudly and creating a disturbance. He was booked into the jail on a $500 bond. The items he ate totalled less than five bucks.
And warrants charging 33-year-old Todd L. Payne of Sparta with theft of property and evading arrest were also taken out by police after they responded to a complaint at Kohl's. Officer Adrienne Lintz says that she was able to personally identify Payne based on a surveillance video from the store. According to her report, Payne ran from the business to a nearby field and into a wooded area. Police recovered a GPS unit and some Nike shoes that he allegedly dropped while on the run. They're not sure what, if anything else, may have been taken.