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Police: Woman stole drugs from Elizabethton hospital ER

November 9th, 2011 10:06 am by John Thompson

Police: Woman stole drugs from Elizabethton hospital ER

ELIZABETHTON — A county woman was accused of stealing medication off carts in the emergency room of Sycamore Shoals Hospital recently. She was also accused of visiting a friend and stealing her jewelry from a bathroom.
Nakia Renee Shipley, 30, 2693 Siam Road, was charged with theft over $1,000 and theft under $500.
The charges stem from unrelated events that allegedly took place in August.
Investigator Todd Hamm of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department wrote in one of the warrants that Shipley and some other women went to the residence of Wendy Guinn on Aug. 16. While one of the women was using the main bathroom in the home, Shipley said she was going to be sick and ran to use the bathroom next to Guinn’s bedroom.
Guinn said she had previously taken off her jewelry and stored it in a drawer in the vanity in that bathroom when she returned home from work. Later, Guinn found the jewelry was missing. She said the jewelry consisted of a wedding band set, a gold horseshoe ring, two gold rings and two sets of hoop earrings. She said the jewelry was valued at $2,840.
Investigator Kirk Carrier of the Elizabethton Police Department said Shipley was in Room No. 1 at the emergency room on Aug. 19. He wrote in the arrest warrant that hospital staff found her looking through drawers and cabinets several times while she was at the emergency room. One witness observed hospital property in Shipley’s purse. A security camera showed Shipley leaving the emergency room several times to go to the parking lot.
Carrier reported an emergency room nurse said someone took various drugs from two carts in Room No. 1. She said the drugs were not narcotics, but could be potentially dangerous if someone took them.
Shipley is scheduled to answer the theft charges in Sessions Court on Dec. 13.

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