Crime spree: Johnson City police charge man with laundromat vandalism and more

Johnson City Press • Dec 4, 2019 at 11:02 AM

Laundromat theft, forged check, stolen car

Police said Wednesday a man’s recent crime spree in Johnson City included a laundromat caper, check forgery and car theft.

James Wishon, 36, no address available, was charged with motor vehicle theft over $2,500, six counts of vandalism over $2,500, vandalism over $1,000, three counts of theft under $1,000, and two counts of forgery.

According to police:

— On Aug. 8, the owner of Celebrity Coin Laundry found six washing machines had been vandalized and an estimated $100 in change was missing from the machines. The owner also discovered damage to and money missing from two vending machines and a video game. Police reviewed security footage and identified Wishon.

— On Oct. 8, Wishon stole blank checks, forged the victim’s signature and cashed the checks at a local store.

— On Oct. 10, Wishon visited someone and when that person left the living room, Wishon took the man’s keys from a table and left in the man’s vehicle without permission.

Wishon was arrested in Hamblen County and taken to the Washington County Detention Center. He was held on $22,500 bond and arraigned in Sessions Court.

Stolen checks

Johnson City police charged a Blountville woman Tuesday with forging a stolen check.

Lisa Nickles, 37, was charged with forgery and identity theft.

On May 30, the victim noticed that her checking account had a negative balance. She told police she had ordered new checks May 10 but never received them.

Police said they learned Nickles obtained the checks, forged the victim’s name and had cashed a check.

Nickles was jailed Tuesday in the Washington County Detention Center under $5,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Wednesday.

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