BY KEN LITTLE
The man who authorities said went on a short-lived jewelry-snatching spree at local department stores in September was indicted this week on a number of theft and forgery charges by a Greene County grand jury.
Joshua Nelson Hixson, 33, was indicted on felony theft counts in connection with the September snatch-and-grab robberies at Kmart and JCPenney, in the Greeneville Commons shopping center, and at the Greeneville Walmart.
Hixson, whose address was listed as 265 Old Baileyton Road, was also indicted on three felony forgery charges in connection with unrelated incidents involving the unauthorized cashing of checks between Sept. 5 and 7.
He remains in the Greene County Detention Center, after being indicted on a felony charge of theft of property valued over $500 but less than $1,000. The charge was filed after Hixson allegedly walked up to the jewelry counter at Walmart the night of Sept. 17 and asked to look at a wedding ring set.
When the clerk handed it to him, he ran out of the store, according to Greeneville police reports.
When Hixson was located later in a house on Fry Street, he was wearing a similar jacket and had the same tattoo on his leg described by witnesses at Walmart, a report said.
FLED WITH RINGS
After being informed of his Miranda rights, Hixson "stated that he went to Walmart and was handed the ring set and then fled from the store," the report said.
The ring set was valued at $998. Hixson sold it on Anderson Street for $100, according to police.
The grand jury also indicted Hixson on a felony count of theft of property valued over $1,000 but less than $10,000. That charge is in connection with an alleged theft Sept. 15 from Kmart.
A police report said Hixson entered the Kmart in the Greeneville Commons and approached a clerk at the jewelry counter, asking to look at men's and ladies' rings.
He ran off with a gold-and-silver wedding band with diamonds priced at $840, and a 10-karat diamond bridal set worth $3,040, a police report said.
ON STORE VIDEO
"The defendant was captured on the store's surveillance video taking the jewelry from the clerk and leaving the store without making payment," Greeneville police Detective Lt. Ray Allen Jr. said in a report.
The jewelry from Kmart was valued at $4,180, a police report said.
Hixson was also indicted on a felony count of theft of property valued at over $1,000 but less than $10,000, in connection with the Sept. 16 theft of jewelry from JCPenney in the Greeneville Commons.
"The defendant took jewelry from the clerk that was assisting him and ran from the store without making payment," a police report said.
Another report said the suspect asked to see a 14-karat diamond ring, and fled from the store with the ring to a waiting car.
The ring taken from JCPenney was valued at $1,495, a police report said.
CASHING STOLEN CHECKS
The three felony counts of forgery stem from the cashing of checks between Sept. 5 and 7 at First Tennessee Bank branches.
The checks were stolen from an account-holder, whose signature was forged, police reports said.
The three stolen checks totaled $1,150. The victim told investigators the checks had been stolen from her house, the report said.
Hixson is shown on bank surveillance video passing the forged checks, the report said.
He will be arraigned on the felony charges Friday in Greene County Criminal Court.