The Herald Citizen

Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

A man who allegedly stole a pair of shoes got to break them in after he sprinted away from the department store he took them from.

According to Sgt. Darrin Stout’s report, he was dispatched to Walmart Tuesday about a shoplifting suspect who was running from the store toward the parking lot of Sam Goody.

The officer stopped the man, identified as Robert Salyers, of Bunker Hill Road, Cookeville, who reportedly told the officer he stole the shoes he was wearing.

Salyers was taken back to the store where another suspect, Yvette Thornton, also of Bunker Hill Road, was waiting with loss prevention personnel. Thornton allegedly also stole a pair of shoes, which she was wearing, says the report.

“Loss prevention recovered the boxes with the old shoes in them,” says the report. Reportedly, Salyers was banned from Walmart for another incident in Jacksonville, Fla., in March 2009.

When Stout asked about searching the vehicle the two arrived in, Salyers said it was his and gave consent to search, according to the report. Salyers also reportedly stated there were pills in the vehicle that belonged to Thornton.

“The couple told me the pills I would find in the center console would be Percocet,” says the report, and the officer found five small tablets which we identified as Acetaminophen, Oxycodone and Hydrochloride. Salyers was cited with shoplifting and trespassing. Thornton was cited for shoplifting and simple possession of a Schedule II drug.

The shoes were valued around $43.

In another shoe shoplifting case at Walmart, a woman attempted to steal three pairs of children’s shoes Monday.

Officer Dustin Hensley’s report states he was dispatched to the store where loss prevention stated they saw Cindle Brooks, of Emery Lane, Spencer, Tenn., conceal three pairs of kids’ shoes in her purse without planning to pay for them.

The woman agreed to loss prevention’s statement, says the report.

Brooks was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Putnam County General Sessions Court for failure to appear in court, says the report.

She was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, where she was charged with the warrant and shoplifting.

The shoes were worth around $40.


A man was robbed at gunpoint by two men Monday evening after he went to meet with one of them about an ad on Local Sales Network.

According to Deputy Joanne Clouse’s report, the victim went to the Echo Valley Pool parking lot on West Broad Street between 5 and 6 p.m. to meet an individual who responded to the victim’s LSN ad saying he buys gold. The individual had said he wanted to sell gold, says the report. The day before the robbery, the victim reportedly met the individual and there “were no problems,” although he didn’t get the person’s name.

When he arrived at the lot, the victim saw two young men come down a hill west of his location from the apartments on Mockingbird Hill Circle.

“The male he was familiar with greeted him like normal, but then pulled a .45 (caliber) or 9 mm on him and pointed it to his face,” says the report. “The robber kept apologizing and stating he had a child on the way.” The armed robber at first demanded the victim’s wallet, but “then (the robber) stated…that he wanted to make this easy” and instead demanded a certain amount of money, according to the report.

Once the victim handed over the money, the armed robber threw a gold necklace at the victim and both males ran back toward Mockingbird Hill Circle, states the report.

The victim said he strongly believed the armed robber was a juvenile, says the report. The suspect was described as a skinny, white male approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall between the ages of 16-18. He was wearing a heavy, white sweater with a design on the front and a hood. The other male was around the same height, according to the victim, and was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, and did not have facial hair and no visible tattoos or scars. Witnesses at the apartment complex reportedly told officers they saw two males running through the complex an hour and 15 minutes before law enforcement arrived on the scene. The gold necklace thrown at the victim was reportedly worth $20.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about the armed robbery to contact Lt. Bob Crabtree at (931) 528-8484, or by emailing putnamsheriff@ or sending a message through the department’s Facebook.


Cookeville police recently discovered over 50 marijuana plants growing in a man’s apartment.

Lee Edward Smith, of East 10th Street, Cookeville, was arrested this morning after police executed a search warrant of the residence, according to an arrest warrant from Officer Shane Livingston.

There, officers discovered “approximately 52 marijuana potted plants in a grown system at the defendant’s apartment, which is a Schedule II drug,” says the warrant.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Smith was booked into the Putnam County Jail with a bond set at $25,000.

He has a May 12 court date.

In another unrelated drug incident, police responded to a call regarding drug activity on West 14th Street on Monday.

According to Officer Heather Marshall’s report, she and other officers reportedly found three people in a vehicle, identified as William W. Watts, of Dellwood Avenue, Cookeville, Christopher S. Campbell, of Newcastle Court, Lexington, Ky., and Sarah R. Scott of West 14th Street, Cookeville.

Police conducted a consent search on Campbell, according to the report, and found a hypodermic needle in his pocket.

After receiving consent from Watts to search the vehicle, two hypodermic needles and a “small amount of a crystallized substance (believed to be methamphetamine)” was found in the center console.

According to the report, the three occupants appeared to be under the influence.

Watts and Campbell were cited in lieu of continued custody for simple possession and drug paraphernalia.

Scott was found to have two outstanding warrants in Putnam County and was taken into custody, says the report.