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Woman accused of stealing car at Walmart told Rogersville police she was on a test drive

Jeff Bobo • Sep 27, 2018 at 9:52 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman who was out on bond in connection with three pending criminal cases was arraigned Monday for felony theft after allegedly stealing a car loaded with groceries at the Rogersville Walmart on Sept. 19.

Shortly before the alleged theft, Jenna Elizabeth York, 25, 121 Murphy Road, Mooresburg, had walked out of Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, where, according to police, she was a patient that same evening.

When Rogersville police arrested her in the stolen car, she reportedly stated she had taken it “for a test drive” and she assumed the police had left it at Walmart for her to take.

On Sept. 19 shortly before 7:30 p.m., Ashely Russell and Dustin Albright reportedly left the Walmart on Route 66 with about $287 worth of groceries they had purchased and then went to the nearby Sav-a-Lot.

Upon their arrival, however, they realized they had left their bank card at Walmart and went to retrieve it.

Upon leaving Walmart for a second time, they discovered Russell’s 1993 Honda Accord was missing.

Police were quickly notified of the theft.

Upon hearing a report that the vehicle was spotted traveling west on Highway 11-W toward Mooresburg, RPD Officer Josh Byrd and the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office intercepted the stolen Honda and conducted a traffic stop.

York was identified as the driver, and police observed the groceries in the car that had been described by Russell and Albright.

“York stated to officer she didn’t own the vehicle, and she had obtained it from Walmart for a test drive,” Byrd stated in his report. “York also told officers that she assumed officers had placed the vehicle at Walmart for her to take.”

Upon being arraigned for theft over $1,000 Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, York’s bond on her previous charges was revoked, and she was ordered held in jail without bond pending her next court date Nov. 14.

On that date, she will also appear in court on her pending previous charges, including an aggravated assault arrest on Sept. 3, 2017; shoplifting from Oct. 18, 2017; and aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 from Feb. 7 of this year.

In that Feb. 7 arrest, York allegedly burgled a residence in Mooresburg near her home.

Police said York ate soup at the residence; swapped her coat, hat and other clothes with items found in the residence; did some “snooping;” and then stole a truck, which she later abandoned when it ran out of gas.

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