Lester Charged in More Burglaries and Thefts

January 22, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Allen Robert Lester
Lonnie Wheeler
James Lee Adcock

A 24 year old man, who was recently charged by the sheriff's department in a rash of burglaries in the Dowelltown and Dry Creek Road area is now in trouble with Smithville Police.

Allen Robert Lester was arrested on Tuesday, January 15 and charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of theft. Chief Randy Caplinger said that on December 4 and January 2 Smithville Police received reports of vehicles having been broken into and items taken from them on Hayes Street, West Main Street, and Spring Street. Upon an investigation, it was determined that Lester had committed the crimes. His bond is $45,000 and he will be in court on January 31.

Smithville Police arrested a 21 year old woman on Tuesday, January 22 who is wanted by Chattanooga authorities for auto theft. Trinity Wildbur is charged by Chattanooga Police with driving on a revoked or suspended license, auto theft (theft of property over $1,000), and another traffic violation.

Chief Caplinger told WJLE that the Smithville Police Department received a tip of a possible stolen vehicle here. Officers checked for the vehicle and found it at Brookview Apartments. A check with the Chattanooga Police Department confirmed that they did have a suspect, Wildbur and that she had active warrants against her. Wildbur was found at an apartment at Brookview. She was taken into custody and is being held at the sheriff's department for the Chattanooga Police Department.

36 year old Lonnie Wheeler is accused of stealing a 1992 Honda Accord from the Walmart parking lot on Monday, January 21. He is charged with theft of property over $1,000 and resisting arrest, Wheeler is under a $15,000 bond and he will be in court on January 31.

Chief Caplinger said Smithville Police received a call of a stolen vehicle taken from the Walmart parking lot. Officers went there to check the video footage, which showed a person, identified as Wheeler, stealing the vehicle. The car, which belonged to a Walmart employee, was later recovered near the Warren County line.

19 year old Cleveland Johnson is charged with evading arrest and carrying a prohibited weapon. His bond is $4,500 and he will be in court on February 7.

Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, January 19 an officer was called to a location on East Bryant street where five males were seen chasing a vehicle attempting to attack the occupants. Upon arrival, the officer saw several people walking away from the area. He activated his emergency lights to detain them. Johnson attempted to flee on foot. After being caught, Johnson. told the officer that he knew police were trying to stop him. Johnson was arrested for evading arrest. He had on his person a prohibited weapon, brass knuckles in his front left pocket.

32 year old Jared Atnip is charged with public intoxication and simple possession of a schedule II and IV controlled substance. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, January 16, an officer was called to Rite Aid Pharmacy on a complaint of a suspicious person who appeared to be intoxicated. The officer said that man, Atnip, appeared to be leaning awkwardly in an aisle with his eyes closed. Atnip's speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. He could barely keep his eyes open. Atnip was arrested for public intoxication. When he emptied his pockets, Atnip produced a pill bottle which contained schedule II and IV pills for which he had no prescription. His bond is $8,000 and he will be in court on January 31.

44 year old James Lee Adcock is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He was arrested on Wednesday, January 16. Chief Caplinger said Smithville Police conducted a controlled drug buy where a confidential source allegedly purchased methamphetamine from Adcock . His bond is $25,000 and he will be in court on January 31.

Meanwhile, anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the crime tip line at 464-6046.

Any information received that will help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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