Women suspected of stealing lingerie arrested on drug charges

COVINGTON — Women suspected of stealing ladies’ lingerie wound up being arrested and charged on a variety of drug offenses as well.

Just around noon on Saturday, officers with the Covington Police Department were called to Kmart on Turner Lake Road in response to two women who were accused of putting lingerie in a white bag and walking out of the store.

The loss prevention manager told officers that the women, Tiffany Smith and Tammy Wheelis, walked out of the store and refused to return when asked.

Officer Stacy Cosby approached the women who had attempted to leave in a red Chevrolet Tahoe with two men inside, and asked Smith to step out of the vehicle but she refused.

“I checked the white tote and there were several assorted pairs of ladies underwear,” Cosby reported in the incident report.

A total of $58.85 worth of merchandise was recovered, the report states.

Officers also found in the bag a clear glass pipe with white residue inside and a blackened end as if it had been used for smoking. A lanyard-style necklace with a small glass bottle on the end that contained a white crystal substance, as well as a plastic straw with white residue inside was also in the bag, the report states.

Smith was asked to get out of the SUV and Officer Kara Hipps, who also responded to the scene, began to search her.

“As I was searching Smith, she kept saying that she was embarrassed that she had to steal panties and that she did not have any money,” Hipps reported.

Hipps also asked Wheelis for permission to search her bag. Before handing the officer her bag, Wheelis removed something from inside and attempted to hide it behind her back, the report states, but Hipps was able to see that it was a tin with a green leafy substance inside that Wheelis eventually admitted was marijuana. Hipps also found a digital scale in Wheelis’ bag.

Wheelis asked Officer Hipps if she could give her boyfriend, who had been waiting in the Tahoe, money that she had in her bra.

“As I retrieved the money, I also found a brown wrapper containing a green leafy substance,” Hipps reported. “Wheelis said she forgot it was there.”

At that point, Wheelis then became emotional and asked to speak with Hipps, so the officer escorted her to the back of the patrol car.

“She became very upset and said, ‘I do have something else on me. I need help,’” the report states.

Wheelis told Hipps she had some other items stashed inside her bra.

“I retrieved two plastic baggies from the left side of her bra. One baggy contained shards of a crystal-like substance. The second baggy contained two white oval pills with ‘R180’ inscribed on one side and a cross on the other,” the officer reported.

Wheelis, 30, of 2 Elm St., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, failure to keep prescription drugs in their original container and possession of marijuana.

Smith, who is 28, and resides at 42021 Lakeshore Drive in Conyers, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession and use of drug-related objects and theft by shoplifting.