Crime roundup: Walmart vandalism and more from Johnson City police

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 10:30 PM

A roundup of recent felony arrests from the Johnson City Police Department:

Police: Cellphone case vandal caught in the act

A man damaged numerous cellphone cases Tuesday during a vandalism spree at a Walmart in Johnson City, police said in a news release.

About 4:30 p.m., police went to the Walmart on Browns Mill Road, where an employee reported that the man had been in the store for more than hour opening cases and throwing them back on the shelf. The employee led police to the electronics area, where the man was still opening cases as police approached. Police also said the vandalism was recorded on the store’s surveillance video.

Police said the damage totaled $1,476, as three shelves full of cases of merchandise were involved.

Justin A. Powell, 37, 1402 Lynnwood Drive, was charged with felony vandalism over $1,000. Powell was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Wednesday.

Speeding stop leads to marijuana arrest

Police stopped a vehicle for speeding Tuesday on East Main Street and found marijuana and drug sales paraphernalia, resulting in an Elizabethton man’s arrest, according to a news release.

About 12:30 p.m., police made the stop on East Main near Hilltop Road, and as they spoke with the driver, 22-year-old Dandre M. Cook, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A police dog was called in, and the dog alerted police to the presence of narcotics. Searching the vehicle, police found a black backpack containing a 1-quart mason jar with 25 grams of marijuana, plastic baggies and a set of digital scales.

Cook was charged with possession of schedule VI drugs for resale, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and speeding. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Wednesday.

Man charged with cellphone theft from vehicle

Johnson City police arrested a Virginia man Monday on charges that he stole a woman’s cellphone from her car while she shopped at a grocery store.

Shannon Delray Neeley, 40, 336 Stage Coach Lane, Dante, Virginia, was charged with auto burglary and theft under $1,000.

The woman reported the burglary Sunday after shopping at Price Less Foods, 1950 S. Roan St., and returning to her car to find the phone missing. Police said the investigation led to Neeley’s arrest.

He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $650 bond and arraigned Tuesday in Sessions Court.

Johnson City man arrested for stealing car, police say

Johnson City police arrested a man Wednesday for stealing a car on June 25, according to a news release. 

After a 1997 Ford Escort stolen from Birdie Street was found in Elizabethton Wednesday, police said evidence inside the car linked Jerry Lee Greer Jr., 21, 202 Spring Drive, to the motor vehicle theft. 

Greer was charged with motor vehicle theft and held in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond. He was set to appear in Sessions Court Thursday. 

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