Alleged theft turns into meth charge

Published 3:29 pm Thursday, January 24, 2019

Forty-year-old Luther Tigue, of Middlesboro, told an officer that he forgot to pay for his cigarettes after placing them in his pocket and walking out of the store. In the end, he was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

According to the report from Middlesboro Police Officer Nick Capps, Tique walked into the grocery store, asked the cashier for the cigarettes. Once the cashier gave them to him, he put the cigarettes in his pocket and walked out the door.

The cashier called 911 to report the theft and gave the vehicle description of the truck Tigue was seen in. Capps located the truck at Walmart and found Tigue inside the store.

A search found that Tigue had an EBT benefit card that did not belong to him, a stun gun and a pocket knife.

During a pat down, officer Capps found a glass pipe and a small bag of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine inside the pocket of Tigue’s hoodie.

Tique remains in jail at the Bell County Detention Center.