Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 2, 2012

Repentant man confesses to theft before its reported

CROSSVILLE — Crossville Police were dispatched to the Justice Center lobby Sunday to meet with a man who told dispatchers he wanted to turn himself in for committing a robbery. Trouble was, police had not investigated robbery since the Taco Bell holdup June 9.

Sgt. Jon Wirey responded to the call around 11 p.m. and quickly learned the crime the man was confessing to was not a robbery, but a theft, and that he was turning himself in before the local business had reported the money missing.

Terrence Michael Vallin, 22, 3270 Tabor Loop, was jailed on a charge of theft of less than $500, stemming from the incident that happened earlier in the day.

Wirey wrote that when he met with Vallin, he explained the man's Miranda rights against self-incrimination and that Vallin said he understood his rights, but felt guilty, and wanted to confess to the crime.

Vallin, who is a former employee of the Days Inn until he was dismissed, and who is related to a manager at the motel, told police he was swimming in the motel swimming pool around 5 p.m. when he observed the clerk on duty leave the lobby to assist a guest.

He said he entered the lobby, went behind the counter and took $120 from the cash drawer, and then used the money to buy Roxycodone, Wirey wrote in his report.

On reflection of what he had done, Vallin told police he was feeling remorse and did not want the new cashier to lose her job. He added that he needed help with his drug problem and was hopeful he would go to jail and get the help he needs.

The motel was contacted, but the young clerk had already gone off duty. However, an audit of her cash drawer had already been conducted revealed a $120 shortage.

Vallin was jailed. No word on whether he is getting the assistance he is seeking, and $120 restitution is still owed the business.

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