Johnson City crime: price tag switch, Walmart self checkout slip, evading arrest

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 23, 2020 at 9:36 AM

Price tag switch

Johnson City Police Department arrested Jason H. Barnett, 38,  of 115 Carr Road, Watauga, Tuesday on a burglary charge after he was caught allegedly switching price tags on items at Walmart.

Officers responded to 3111 Browns Mill Road around 6:45 p.m. on a shoplifting in progress. Barnett was observed on video surveillance intentionally replacing price tags on items to defraud the pricing system upon checkout. Approximately $172 of property was fraudulently purchased, and as Barnett was exiting the store, he was taken into custody. Barnett had been previously trespassed from all Walmart businesses in April of 2019. Barnett was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where he is currently being held in lieu of a $2,000 bond. His arraignment was set for Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Self Checkout Slip Up

A Johnson City woman accused of slipping two items past the self-checkout at Walmart on West Market Street was arrested Tuesday on burglary and theft charges.

Amanda Holder, 37 years old, 502 S. Barton St. was detained by loss prevention officers until police arrived.

About 8 p.m., officers responded to Walmart in reference to shoplifting. While speaking with loss prevention, they advised that  Holder failed to scan two items while using one of the self-checkout registers. Ms Holder then attempted to leave the store with the merchandise in her shopping bag. During the investigation it was also discovered that Ms. Holder had previously been trespassed from all Walmart property.

Holder was taken into custody. She was transported to the Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of a combined $2,000 bond. Arraignment was set for Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Driving domestic

Johnson City police Monday arrested Stephanie N. Walton, 32,  271 Bob Ford Road, Jonesborough, on two counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of driving under the influence, felony evading arrest, running a red light, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and open container.

The arrest was the result of an investigation for a report of a domestic disturbance near Boones Creek Road and Christian Church Road. Police attempted a traffic stop on a blue Ford F-150.

The driver of that vehicle then ran a red light and evaded police on Boones Creek Road. A short distance down the road, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop on that vehicle, which stopped on Keefauver Road.

Officers identified the driver as Walton, and said she appeared to be under the influence. Alcoholic containers were found in the vehicle along with syringe needles. Passengers were present in the vehicle at the time of the stop. Walton was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where she is being held in lieu of a $32,500 bond. Her arraignment was set for Wednesday in Sessions Court.


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