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Women accused of Arby's art theft

September 14th, 2011 9:24 am by Staff reports

You may expect to hear about art theft from the Louvre or the Guggenheim or the Museum of Modern Art, but Arby’s?
Two women from Erwin were charged Tuesday with stealing $1,200 worth of art work from a Johnson City Arby’s restaurant.
According to Johnson City police, Connie L. Sumlin, 45, 114 Masters St., and Gail Trula Johnson, 58, Parsley St., both of Erwin, were accused of stealing art from the lobby area of Arby’s, 1909 South Roan St., on Sept. 3.
On Sept. 7, police said Arby’s store manager Susan Kennedy, 43, notified police that two women, who were later identified as Sumlin and Johnson, were caught on the store’s surveillance camera stealing both a picture of pears in a wooden frame and a piece of metal wall art that had recently been purchased during remodeling of the restaurant.
According to the police report, the surveillance footage showed both women stopping in the lobby to look at the art on the wall. One of the women removed both items and carried them inside, while the other woman entered the store and purchased some food before leaving.
Sumlin and Johnson were later identified using the video surveillance and the transaction information from the food purchase.
Both women were charged with theft over $500. They were being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $1,000 bonds.
Sumlin and Johnson were scheduled to appear in Washington County Sessions Court Wednesday.

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