Woman Accused of Pickpocketing

November 13, 2012
Dwayne Page
Callie Howell
Eric Wayne Tramel

Smithville Police arrested a woman last week for allegedly pickpocketing.

32 year old Callie Howell is charged with theft of property. Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Tuesday, November 6, Howell allegedly walked up to the victim at a residence on Short Mountain Highway where he was working in the yard. Howell told him his pocket was sticking out and she reached in to fix it Later, the victim noticed that his wallet was missing. During the investigation, a detective went to Ms. Howell's residence and there he saw the victim's wallet on the kitchen table. Bond for Howell is $1,500 and she will be in court on November 15

Meanwhile 21 year old Ray Darnell Underwood was cited on Wednesday, November 7 for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Police were dispatched to Bell Street in reference to trespassers. While central dispatch was checking for warrants, the officer did a frisk search for weapons. Underwood put his hand in his pocket and when told by the officer to remove his hand, a small baggy containing a green leafy substance fell onto the ground.

27 year old Eric Wayne Tramel was cited for shoplifting on Thursday, November 8. An officer responded to Wal-Mart to check out a possible shoplifting and while speaking with the suspect, Tramel, merchandise began falling out of his jacket. His court date is December 6.

35 year old Crystal R King was arrested on Friday, November 9 for theft of property and she was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were dispatched to Rite Aid Pharmacy on a shoplifting call. Upon arrival, two Rite Aid Associates told the officer that a woman identified as King had just left in a car. The associates pointed out the car to the officer and informed him that King tried to leave the store with some merchandise but when confronted, she threw the items down and ran. After stopping the vehicle, police found King in possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on November 29.

63 year old Mary Louise Harris was arrested for DUI on Friday, November 9. According to the warrant, Harris was operating a motor vehicle which crashed into the Court House steps. She was very disoriented and unsteady on her feet. Harris was unable to do field sobriety tasks because of her intoxication. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is December 6.

27 year old Eric Wayne Tramel was arrested on Sunday, November 11 for aggravated burglary, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and evading arrest. Warrants state that officers responded to a residence due to a burglary in progress. Police spoke to the victim who said that a man had forced his way into the home, chased his wife out the back door, and then locked them out. During the investigation, central dispatch received a call of a man fitting the same description at another residence down the street. The officers ran down the street and made contact with the man, later identified as Eric Tramel. Police ordered Tramel to remove his hands from his pockets. Tramel complied but acted as though he was pointing a gun. Tramel was told to get on the ground but as more commands were given, he got up to run. After he refused police commands to stop, Tramel was tased. Found in his pocket were a box cutter and pills. Tramel had no gun. Bond for Tramel is $16,500 and he will be in court on November 29.

49 year old Robert Todd Williams was arrested on Sunday, November 11 for domestic assault. The warrant states that Williams and a family member got into a verbal argument and Williams threw a small table hitting the victim in the right arm, cutting the victim's arm causing it to bleed. His bond is $1,000 and his court date is November 29.

39 year old Jeffery Sanders was arrested on Monday, November 12 for simple possession, resisting arrest and he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. 36 year old Lonnie Lynn Wheeler was also arrested in the case for stop, halt and frisk and he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants state that police responded to the area of Riley Avenue and Golf Club Drive where two men were going door to door asking for gas and becoming irate with the homeowners. The officers made contact with the men, Sanders and Wheeler. One of the officers noticed that Sanders appeared to be trying to hide something in the waistband of his pants. For the officer's safety, Sanders was patted down and told to place his hands flat on the hood of the patrol car. Sanders kept moving his right hand to the gap between the hood and windshield and refused to place his hand flat on the hood. Sanders also tried to resist arrest by lying down on his hands. He was subsequently handcuffed. Police found drug paraphernalia around the waist of his pants. Officers also found a small baggie of a white powdery substance, believed to be methamphetamine in the area where Sanders was cuffed. Wheeler was confronted by police at a residence Golf Club Drive. Wheeler was standing by a vehicle at the driver's side rear door, which was open. He had something in his hand. The officer ordered Wheeler to show his hands. Wheeler refused to comply and proceeded to walk around the back of the vehicle to the other side. The officer then saw Wheeler throw something which was later found to be a hypodermic needle. Bond for Sanders is $5,500. Wheeler's bond is $3,500. They will be in court on November 29.

Meanwhile, anyone with information on criminal activities is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Any information received that would help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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