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'Cigarette bandit' back in jail

By Mark Boehler

editor@dailycorinthian.com

The 39-year-old "cigarette bandit" of Corinth got out of jail on bond, but he apparently couldn't kick the habit.

Michael Lee Jones of Wick Street is back behind bars with bond revoked after he was arrested for the June 8 burglary of the Blue Sky convenience store on Shiloh Road. Corinth Police Department Detective Cpt. Dell Green said store surveillance showed the suspect breaking glass and then stealing cigarettes.

Jones is the suspect facing 10 felony charges when he went on a nicotine rampage, stealing cigarettes from eight convenience stores in March, according to the detective.

The suspect's second arrest came June 10 and the official charge is burglary of a commercial building.

Jones faces a second burglary of a commercial building charge for taking tools on May 21 after breaking into the Coca-Cola Bottling Works building, said Green.

• Jerry Lance, 59, of Scale Street in Corinth, was arrested on June 19 for burglary of a building. He was found taking items from a shop on Cruise Street located behind a residence, said Green.

Lance and the building's owner had an altercation before police arrived, noted the detective.

• Salina Switcher Hudson, 54, of Corinth, was arrested on June 19 for embezzlement at the Mapco on U.S. 72 in Corinth. She is accused of taking $1,200 from the convenience store. She remains free on bond, said Green.

• A routine traffic stop at Meigg and Penn streets in Corinth on June 11 resulted in two people being arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Green identified the suspects as 25-year-old April Parrott of Adamsville, Tenn. and 29-year-old Colton Short of Savannah, Tenn. Police found a small bag of meth in the vehicle. Both are out on bond, said Green.