Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 28, 2013

Shoplifting complaint leads to rolling meth lab


Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Crossville Police responding to a report of shoplifters at a local business ended up arresting two suspects on multiple charges including manufacture of methamphetamine after meth labs were found in a vehicle.

Adam Brian Smith, 32, 377 Bellview Rd., and Jennifer Lynn Swanson, 32, 1949 Dunbar Rd., are charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of meth, theft of merchandise, criminal impersonation, an attachment for failure to appear and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith is also charged with resisting arrest.

The incident took place March 18 when Crossville Police were called to the Dollar General Market off Miller Ave. on a report of shoplifters in the store. When officers arrived, store employees identified a man and woman who police found in the parking lot.

When asked for identification, both said they had none, and both gave false names and Social Security numbers, according to Ptl. Richard Menzl's report. As officers further investigated, they learned the identity of the suspects and that both were wanted for failure to appear in court.

When officers attempted to place Smith into custody, he reportedly fled a short distance on foot but was apprehended by Sgt. Jon Wirey. Both were then transported to the Justice Center.

While officers did an inventory of Smith's vehicle prior to it being towed from the parking lot, they discovered a container inside with three "one pot meth bottles and numerous other components for the lab."

Value of the items stolen from the store was placed at $10.75.