Party leads police to theft

  By Abby Morris
  star staff
  amorris@starhq.com
  A woman's complaint on Monday about a loud party the previous night at Lynnridge Apartments led police officers to a vehicle that was stolen in Washington D.C. and the suspect in the theft.
  Hubert Puckett, 44, 504 Ridgeview Circle, Bluff City, was arrested and charged with theft of property over $10,000.
  Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department were called to Lynnridge Apartments on Bluefield Avenue Monday afternoon to meet with the apartment complex manager, Janice McKinney. When police arrived, McKinney told them she had received a complaint from a female resident about a loud party that took place the previous night in the B2 building of the complex.
  "A male subject that was there had returned and she wished to have him removed from the premises and to serve him with a no trespass notice," states a police report on the incident. "She had a vehicle registration number of a tan-colored Jaguar that the male subject was there in."
  According to reports, officers checked the registration number on the vehicle and found that it was registered in Washington, D.C. and had been reported stolen. McKinney told officers that the male subject in question was sitting on the stairs at the upper level parking lot for building B2, and described him as having frosted hair with some gray and a stocky build.
  "Officer (Michael) Sproviero and Capt. (Art) Smithdeal then went to the building and observed a male subject matching the description given, sitting on the steps," states a police report. "The subject was handcuffed and detained for further investigation."
  After detaining the male subject, officers were able to identify him as Puckett.
  "At this time, officers were advised from the Communication Center that Washington D.C. police had confirmed that the car was entered in their jurisdiction as stolen," states a police report. At that time, officers on the scene notified Capt. Mike Peters of the EPD Criminal Investigations Division about the stolen vehicle and then took Puckett into custody and charged him with theft of property over $10,000.
  Puckett was also found to be in possession of two credit cards which did not belong to him. After contacting the owners of the credit cards, it was determined that the credit cards had been stolen. Puckett also had several receipts from purchases made on one of the cards. The receipts, along with the credit cards, were seized and placed into evidence. Further charges are pending against Puckett in relation to the stolen credit cards.