Gatlinburg man confesses to Kodak store robbery

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

A Gatlinburg man allegedly told investigators his need for crack led him to rob the Kodak Trade Center Sunday and leave with the store’s cash register when a clerk told him she couldn’t open it.

Jamison Ray Catlett, 38, of 656 Ownby Road, is facing felony theft charges after the Sunday robbery.

Knoxville police caught Catlett a few hours later, still in possession of the register and much of the cash taken from it.

Unfortunately, investigators said the register was damaged beyond repair. He admitted to the robbery, according to an arrest warrant, and said he had spent $40 to buy crack cocaine, and more of the money to buy gas.

The Jeep Cherokee he was driving had been reported stolen Saturday in Jefferson County.

The clerk was able to provide officers with a suspect description, vehicle description with license plate number, and store security video. After the suspect information was broadcast to area agencies, a Cocke County Sheriff’s Office deputy notified SPD Lt. Eric Ramsey of a reported stolen white Jeep Cherokee from Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) provided suspect information on the stolen vehicle, which allowed JCSO deputies and SPD officers to identify the suspect in the theft being investigated.

Later in the evening, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mr. Catlett in Knox County in the white Jeep Cherokee. Mr. Jamison was transported to the Sevier County Jail for booking.

Catlett is being held at the Sevier County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.