Crime roundup: Drugs, check forgery, theft and more

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM

The following is a roundup of felony arrests reported recently by Johnson City police:

Man charged with theft from Rent-A-Center: Johnson City police arrested a man Wednesday after an investigation into several items rented from a Rent-A-Center that had not been returned or paid for. Police discovered Arthur Sanders, 40, 2604 Austin Village Boulevard, rented $10,500 worth of merchandise from the business before moving to a new address after only paying $900. He was charged with hindering secured creditors over $10,000. Sanders has since been released from the Washington County Detention Center on $1,500 bond and was set to appear Thursday in Sessions Court.

Johnson City police make drug arrest: After Johnson City police responded to Olive Garden, 1903 N. Roan St., Wednesday in reference to a stolen vehicle found by its owner, police encountered two people with the vehicle. Jillian Laby, 27, Limestone, a passenger in the Camry, was found with of Schedule IV drugs, according to police. She was charged with possession of schedule IV drugs and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Laby was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond and set to appear Thursday in Sessions Court.

Man arrested after altering license plates, police say: On Sunday, Johnson City police stopped a vehicle near the intersection of North Broadway Street and East Myrtle Avenue due to an expired registration. Police said they discovered the driver had a revoked license. A closer look at the license plate showed the registration decal came from another vehicle. Israel Branham, 42, 104 Crockett Court, a passenger in the vehicle, told police he was in possession of the vehicle due to his mother being the owner. Branham was charged with one count of altering, falsifying or forging auto titles or assignment of plates. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

Woman charged with check forgery: Johnson City police charged Carrie Beth Chase, 36, Jonesborough, March 14, with forgery after she attempted to pass a check made out to her on June 25 at the Select Seven Credit Union on West Market Street, police said. The account holder on the check Chase was attempting to cash reported he never wrote her a check for anything, and employees found that the signature on the check did not match what they had on file for the account holder. Chase was charged while being held in the Washington County Detention Center on unrelated charges. She was held on $5,000 bond and arraigned March 15 in Sessions Court. 



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