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'Pineapple Divine' arrested in downtown Johnson City

August 20th, 2014 8:35 am by Staff Report

'Pineapple Divine' arrested in downtown Johnson City

Christian P. McKay, AKA "Pineapple Divine"

"Pineapple Divine." That's the name police say 18-year-old Christian P. McKay kept giving them when he was arrested in downtown Johnson City on Sunday.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, police went to the area near East Main and Spring streets after the victim of a prior theft reported seeing two people he thought had his stolen property. Police caught up with the pair in a parking lot at Tipton and Buffalo streets, and McKay told officers his name was "Pineapple Divine," insisting it was his legal name.

He gave police permission to search his belongings, and police found two small coin purses in his backpack, along with several bags of spices and incense in his pockets.

An insurance card in McKay’s wallet bore the name "Christian McKay" and gave a date of birth, but he continued to give police other names and a different date of birth. Police used the information on the insurance card for a records check, learning that McKay was wanted on two warrants by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office sent a photo of McKay to police, allowing them to positively identify him.

The owner of a local business arrived at the scene and told police McKay had just been inside the business and stolen the purses along with the bags of incense and spices.

McKay was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and false reporting. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $4,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

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