Two charged in convenience store burglary

From Staff Reports

   Officers from the Elizabethton Police Department arrested two men in connection with a break in at a convenience store on West G. Street just minutes after midnight Thursday morning.
   Colden Herbert Fields, 22, 130 Church St., and Timothy Christopher Bowling, 18, 123 Blevins Hollow Road, were each charged with burglary in the incident. Fields was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license, and Bowling was also charged with underage consumption of alcohol.
   According to reports, the two had been involved in the break in at Big G Supermarket, 308 W. G St., where they allegedly stole two 12-pack cases of beer.
   A resident who lives near the convenience store called 911 and reported that she had just witnessed two male subjects break the glass out of the door of the business, enter and then return and place two boxes into the back seat of a dark colored Chevrolet Blazer. She advised that the subjects then left the parking lot headed east on West G Street.
   EPD PTL Jennifer Mayberry observed a vehicle matching that description at the intersection of East F and North Lynn Streets and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified as Fields and when the officer checked his license, she learned that it was suspended for failure to satisfy a traffic citation.
   Fields was taken into custody and charged with driving on a suspended license. The officer then spoke with Bowling, the passenger in the vehicle, and noticed that he appeared to be intoxicated. He was taken into custody for underage consumption.
   According to reports, Mayberry observed a 12-pack of Michelob Light beer and a 12-pack of Budweiser in the back seat of the vehicle. Mayberry checked with EPD PTL Jason Shaw, who was at the convenience store speaking with the owner, Faye Green, and found that Green had checked the store and reported that a 12-pack of Michelob Light beer and a 12-pack of Budweiser beer had been taken from the store.
   After the subjects were read their rights and informed that they were being charged in the break in, each subject denied being involved in the incident, according to the police report. Fields told officers that he and Bowling had driven from a residence in the Stoney Creek community and had purchased the beer at a store in Johnson City and were returning back to the Stoney Creek residence. Bowling reported to officers that when he and Fields got into the vehicle at the Stoney Creek residence the beer was already in the vehicle and that he and Fields had been riding around and were on their way back to Stoney Creek.
   When the officer asked if they had left the city of Elizabethton while they were riding, he reportedly answered that they had not.
   After the two subjects were taken into custody, the beer was returned to the store. Greene advised officers that approximately $200 in damage was done to the door of the business.