City man charged with attempted pharmacy break-in

Published 5:37 pm Friday, March 17, 2017

An Elizabethton man faces multiple charges after police say he attempted to break into a city pharmacy early Friday morning.
Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Jason Braswell, 30, of 215 E. Mill St., Elizabethton, Friday morning and charged him with burglary, vandalism over $500, and possession of burglary tools.
According to reports, officers of the Elizabethton Police Department responded to Burgie Drug Store, located at 1000 W G. St., after an alarm in the building was triggered at the pharmacy’s drive-thru window.
When officers arrived at the scene, they reported seeing a male subject walking away from the area of the drive-thru window into the parking lot. EPD Capt. Patrick White said he stopped the man and identified him as Braswell.
“Mr. Braswell was wearing a winter-type hat with two eye holes cut into the hat to resemble a ski mask on top of his head, and had blood on his hands,” White said. “Mr. Braswell seemed to be very nervous and stated he was just walking through the parking lot to get to his home.”
While EPD Sgt. Lincoln Orellana remained with Braswell, White said he checked the drive-thru area and saw the window had been broken and there was fresh blood on the window frame. White notes in his report that a door to the building was damaged.
White said officers advised Braswell of his Miranda Rights and Braswell agreed to speak with them.
“Mr. Braswell stated that he had attempted to break into the pharmacy to get some ‘dope,’” White said.
Braswell told officers he had used a “nail set” to break the window but had lost the tool when it went through the window.
“Mr. Braswell stated that he had taken some nerve pills the previous evening and was just acting stupid,” White said.
Officers arrested Braswell and transported him to the Carter County Detention Center where he was later released after posting bond.

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