Oneida Pair Booked On Drug Charges Following Shoplifting Investigation


††††††††††† Oneida, TN (2012-12-03) An Oneida man and a female relative have both been booked on drug charges following an investigation by the Oneida Police Department into shoplifting allegations at Wal-Mart in Oneida.

††††††††††† Hurlen Couch, 56, and Carmen Saylor, 28, both of Oneida, were booked in the Scott County Jail on Friday following an investigation into allegations that Saylor stole items from the Oneida Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Oneida.

††††††††††† According to an arrest warrant filed by Patrolman Joshua Kennedy of the Oneida Police Department, he, along with Cpl. Michael Blaker and K-9 Officer Steven Ward, responded to a call from store prevention loss employees of a shoplifter.When officers arrived, they learned the female suspect, later identified as Saylor, had gone outside, but had returned to the store.Cpl. Blaker entered the store to find Saylor, while Kennedy and Ward questioned two men in a green, Chevy Cavalier in the parking lot that had been seen making contact with the Saylor.While talking to the male subjects, Officer Kennedy reportedly observed the driver, later identified as Couch, putting his hand between the driverís seat and the center console.Concerned Couch may have been attempting to reach for a weapon, officers made both subjects exit the vehicle.A subsequent search of the car allegedly revealed seven pills; drugs authorities believe were Hydrocodone tablets.

††††††††††† Cpl. Blaker reportedly found Saylor inside the store attempting to steal several items by concealing them inside the store.A subsequent search of her person by authorities reportedly uncovered more narcotics, including Alprazolam (schedule IV), Oxycodone (schedule II), and Hydrocodone (schedule III).

††††††††††† Saylor was booked on drug possession charges, one charge each of a schedule II, III, and IV controlled substance, and shoplifting.Couch was charged with possession of a schedule III controlled substance (two counts).Saylorís bond was set at $7,500, while Couchís bond was set at $5,000.