Attempted theft leads to drug charges


A Tazewell, Tennessee man is behind bars in the Bell County Detention Center after officers said he attempted to shoplift at Walmart.

Middlesboro Officer Edward Dray arrested Aaron Arnold Bunch, 25, on Sunday. His charges include first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and theft by unlawful taking.

According to the arrest citation, Bunch unlawfully tried to take or exercise control over movable property — merchandise worth $26.96, of another (Walmart) — with intent to deprive the store thereof by concealing and not paying for the property. Bunch knowingly and unlawfully possessed one white oval tablet marked M366, believed to be hydrocodone, three white round tablets marked S4 411, believed to be buprenorphine and two blue oval tablets marked G3721, believed to be alprazolam.

Bunch was released on a 10 percent, $2,500 cash bond on Monday and is due back in court on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

In an unrelated incident, a Middlesboro man was also arrested for theft by unlawful taking — stemming from an alleged incident at Walmart.

Middlesboro Officer Jeremiah Johnson arrested Robert Scott Inman Jr. 38, on Saturday. His charges included illegal possession of a legend drug and theft by unlawful taking. Inman was also served a pay or stay bench warrant in the amount of $243.

According to the arrest citation, Inman concealed $281 worth of merchandise and passed all points of sale without attempting to pay. Inman was brought to the Middlesboro Police Office, where he was found to have in his possession a blue capsule and a white tablet — concealed in his hand while he was being placed in the holding cell.

In addition to the $243 pay or stay bench warrant, Inman is being held on a $500 surety bond and is due back in court on Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

By Reina P. Cunningham

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