Shoplifter nets drug charges

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By Charlotte Underwood

A shoplifting call led to a drug arrest for a LaFollette man.

On Aug. 23, around 6:30 p.m., Jacksboro Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Wal-Mart on the report of someone shoplifting, according to Carroll’s report.

Upon arrival, Carroll found that Adam Christopher Kitts, 19, of Cedar Creek Road, LaFollette, had allegedly taken $58.39 worth of merchandise concealed on his person and passed the last point of sale without paying, according to a Wal-Mart employee.

Carroll then asked Kitts if he had anything illegal on him, to which Kitts allegedly replied he had about 32 pain pills in his pant’s pocket, the Jacksboro Police report said.

Carroll allegedly found 25 round-green pills, believed to be schedule II for resale, in a small metal container, located in Kitts’ watch pocket of his jeans. Carroll also found a small plastic bag in his right front pocket containing four white, round pills believed to be non-narcotic pain medication, Carroll’s report said.

Kitts could not show proof of prescription for any of the medication. Kitts was also in possession of a cut straw in his wallet and a hollowed out ink pen in his left rear pocket, the arrest report said. He allegedly stated to Carroll these were used for sniffing pills, according to the Jacksboro Police report. Kitts was placed under arrest and transported to the county jail.

Kitts was charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, theft of property under $500, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a legend drug. He was released on Aug. 24 on $2,500 bond. His court date is set for Sept. 11.