Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shoplifting Case Leads To Drug Charges

The Putnam County sheriff's department says a man, accused of stealing a ball cap from Love's Truck Stop, is also facing other charges today. Deputy Bo Sherrell says the shoplifting incident was reported about ten o'clock Wednesday night when a clerk reported that a man had taken a University of Tennessee ball cap without paying for it. Sherrell found that man -- identified as Larry Hopkins Jr. -- in the parking lot of the business and asked him where he got the hat. Hopkins reportedly replied that he got it in Texas. Sherrell then told him that the clerk believed the hat to be stolen and that she believed he may have also stolen something else. Sherrell then did a patdown search of Hopkins which allegedly turned up ten Xanax pills in a white plastic bag. A warrants check revealed that Hopkins was wanted for failing to appear in court on an aggravated burglary charge and also for failing to pay more than $4,000 in court costs. Hopkins was arrested on those outstanding warrants and also charged with theft of property and simple possession of drugs.