Sweet tooth leads to shoplifting and drug charges against trio

Oneida, TN (2017-09-11) A sweet tooth landed three people in jail Friday night in Oneida.

Michael L. Hill

Michael L. Hill, 34, of Oneida, Kimberly Bowling, 39, no known address, and Jeramiah L. Cox, 25, of Pioneer were arrested Friday night by the Oneida Police Department following a report that Hill had stolen goods from the Oneida Wal-Mart SuperCenter.  According to an arrest report filed by Patrolman David L. Stephens, Hill allegedly took ice cream and a pair of shoes from the store without paying for them.  A Wal-Mart loss prevention employee states that Hill was seen taking individually-wrapped ice cream from a box of Mayfield novelty treats.  He was also accused of stealing a pair of athletic shoes, which he allegedly hid in the crotch of his pants.  Wal-Mart valued the goods at $21.91.  Friday night wasn’t Hill’s first brush with the law, as he allegedly had taken items from the Oneida store before and had been barred from being on the premises.

Jeramiah L. Cox
Kimberly M. Bowling

Bowling and Cox, who were traveling with Hill, were also charged Friday night, after authorities say they were found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.  The cops allegedly found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke illegal drugs in Bowling’s purse.  They also reportedly found a piece of an unidentified pill, two baggies with suspected meth residue, and the cap of a syringe in Cox’s pocket.

Hill was charged with theft of less than $1,000 and criminal trespassing.  He was later charged with introducing drugs into a penal institution.  Bowling was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Cox was charged with possession of meth (a schedule II controlled substance), and possession of a legend drug without a prescription.