|On January 9, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to the 1600 block of Newbern Road in Kingsport to investigate a burglary. Upon arrival, they spoke with a resident who reported the following:
The resident exited his home and happened to notice that the lock on his garage was missing. He opened the garage door and observed a suspect, later identified as Justin Lawson, in the act of stealing his tools. Mr. Lawson was stuffing the tools into bags preparing them for transport.
The resident quickly turned the table on Mr. Lawson by making the shrewd decision to shut the garage door and lock him inside for safe-keeping while he called the police. Responding officers promptly opened the door and detained Mr. Lawson.
Further investigation revealed that Mr. Lawson had brought additional stolen goods with him to this garage that he had stolen from a neighbor’s garage on Fairfield Avenue just prior to this incident. The property stolen during that earlier burglary was positively identified by the neighbor and determined to have a value in excess of $1,000.
A subsequent search of Mr. Lawson’s person revealed a baggie in his sock that contained a crystal substance, believed to be methamphetamine, as well as two different types of pills. A glass pipe, typically associated with the ingestion of methamphetamine, was located among his loot.
Mr. Lawson was arrested for 2 counts of Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property over $1,000, Simple Drug Possession, and Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing and then transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville for confinement.
He currently remains incarcerated pending arraignment. This marks Mr. Lawson’s fifth arrest by the Kingsport Police Department since September 2015 with all of his previous charges involving burglary, theft, and drug possession.