Thursday, June 25, 2009

Theft of Property Charge Filed

Law enforcement officials say much of the crime in the area can be traced back to drug use on the part of the suspects, and it appears that may have been the case for a Wilson County woman, arrested on theft of property charges after she allegedly shoplifted several items out of the Rugged Warehouse store on S. Willow Ave. According to a report by Officer Donna Revis, 44-year-old Mylinda J. Jenkins of Upton Heights in Lebanon was cited after an employee of the store noticed her come in with a large handbag that appeared empty. The employee says when Jenkins exited the store, the bag looked full. But Jenkins reportedly didn't go far. She and a friend drove to the Dollar Tree store, where police found them and began an investigation. They say there were several pieces of clothing stacked up in the back seat and also a couple of pieces of clothing in the front passenger seat, altogether valued at more than $150. Jenkins also allegedly admitted to police that she had a crack pipe in her purse. But that, apparently, was the right thing to do. Because there were no actual drugs in the purse and because Jenkins was cooperative, police decided against charging her with possession of drug paraphernalia. The pipe, though, was destroyed.