BY KEN LITTLE
Additional charges have been filed against a man allegedly responsible for a series of recent snatch-and-grab jewelry robberies from Greeneville retailers.
Joshua Nelson Hixson, 33, whose address was listed as 265 Old Baileyton Road, was charged Tuesday in connection with the theft of jewelry Saturday from Kmart and Sunday from JC Penney, in the Greeneville Commons shopping center.
He had already been charged with theft over $500 but less than $1,000 following the snatch-and-run theft Monday afternoon of a diamond ring from the Greeneville Walmart.
In addition, he was charged Tuesday with two counts of theft over $1,000 and three counts of forgery for an unrelated incident involving stolen checks.
Hixson is believed to have been staying at an address in the 100 block of Fry Street, where he was taken into custody early Tuesday. He initially also gave police an address in Knoxville.
On Saturday afternoon, Hixson is alleged to have entered the Kmart in the Greeneville Commons and approached a clerk at the jewelry counter, asking to look at mens' and ladies' rings.
He fled with a gold-and-silver wedding band with diamonds priced at $840 and a 10-karat diamond bridal set worth $3,040.
"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 is valued at $4,180, the report said.
JC PENNEY THEFT
The method was much the same Sunday afternoon when a man entered the JC Penney store in the Greeneville Commons.
"The defendant took jewelry from the clerk that was assisting him and ran from the store without making payment," the report said.
An earlier 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 is valued at $1,495, Allen's report said.
About 7:15 p.m. Monday, a man walked up to the jewelry counter at Walmart and asked to look at a wedding ring set.
After the clerk handed it to him, he ran out of the store, according to police reports.
Store security video showed a man running out a side door and getting into an older-model maroon Oldsmobile Cutlass occupied by three other people, a report said.
When Hixson was located at 107 Fry St., he was wearing a similar jacket and had the same tattoo on his leg described by witnesses at Walmart.
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 is valued at $998. Hixson sold it on Anderson Street for $100, the report said. The rings were recovered and placed into evidence, the report said.
Hixson was also charged Tuesday with three counts of forgery.
On Sept. 5, 6 and 7, Hixson allegedly cashed checks ay First Tennessee Bank branches that were purportedly from an account-holder. The checks were stolen, and the account-holder's signature was forged, Allen's report 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.
Additional bond of $17,500 was added for the charges filed against Hixson Tuesday. He was being held on $10,000 bond in connection with the alleged jewelry theft from Walmart.
Hixson was scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court on all the charges.