County woman arrested on burglary charge

Published 8:09 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Carter County woman faces charges after police say she broke into an apartment and later smuggled contraband into the jail.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mary Hammitt Tuesday evening and charged her with aggravated burglary and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

According to court documents, deputies responded to Airport Apartments on Highway 91 after a 911 caller reported a burglary at the home.

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“While in route to the residence I was advised by (911 dispatchers) that the resident had the intruder pinned to the ground and holding her there until my arrival,” CCSO Deputy Jerad Cook.

When Cook arrived, he encountered a juvenile outside the residence on the phone with 911. When he went inside the apartment, Cook said he saw two women on the floor fighting.

Cook separated the women and identified the resident as Angelina Sheets and the alleged intruder as Hammitt.

According to court documents, Hammitt told Cook she used to live in the apartment, and she was there to gather some belongings. Sheets told the officer Hammitt had lived there at one point but no longer lived there.

Sheets told the officer she came home with her son and found the back door to her residence open.

“She told her son to call 911 and proceeded into the residence where she found Ms. Hammitt attempting to take items from the home,” Cook said. “At this time is when Ms. Sheets said that she got into an altercation with Ms. Hammitt and was able to hold her to the ground until my arrival.”

Cook said Sheets was transported to a local hospital to be checked out due to being struck in the head by a blunt object during the fight with Hammitt.

After Hammitt was transported to the Carter County Detention Center, Cook said a female corrections officer found an open syringe concealed in Hammitt’s pants.

Hammitt appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Wednesday morning to be arraigned on the charges against her. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent her and increased her bond from $10,000 to $50,000.