Suspect charged in two robberies

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 12:30 AM

An alleged crime spree committed by a Gatlinburg man actually extended to two separate stores where clerks said he grabbed cash registers and took off with money.

The Mountain Press had previously reported that Jamison R. Catlett, 38, of 656 Ownby Road, faced charges of robbery and felony theft. Those charges actually stemmed from two separate incidents.

In the first, Catlett allegedly went into the Fastop on East Dumplin Valley Road at about 2 a.m. Sunday and confronted a clerk, demanding that she give him money from the cash register. When she refused, he took the register and pulled it to the end of the counter, where he took cash from the till before fleeing the store.

Sevierville police investigated that incident, and charged Catlett with felony theft after his arrest.

The second incident happened at about 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kodak Trade Center on Douglas Dam Road. On that occasion, Catlett also allegedly demanded a clerk give him money. When she couldn’t get the register to open, he took the register and left the store while still carrying it.

It was found after his capture in Knoxville, but investigators reported it was damaged beyond repair.

Investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office investigated that incident, and eventually charged Catlett with robbery.

Catlett is also facing charges from Jefferson County; authorities said that Jeep Cherokee he was driving had been reported stolen from there Saturday.

Investigators got a description of Catlett and the license plate number of the Jeep after talking to the clerks, and issued a bulletin to area law enforcement officers with his description.

A Knoxville police officer apprehended him Sunday night. He was returned to the Sevier County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

According to the warrant for his arrest issued by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, he admitted to robbing the Kodak Trade Center and said he spent some of the money on crack cocaine.