Mercer County Sheriff's Department Blotter Jan. 27-28


Jan. 27

SHOPLIFTING: Deputies G.C. Paitsel and C.K. Lester responded to Sheetz on Courthouse Road, where complainants advised multiple suspects were involved in stealing alcoholic beverages from the business. The caller advised the suspects left in a white Hyundai car with a sunroof that left traveling on Stafford Drive. Paitsel and Lester searched Stafford Drive without locating the vehicle, so they went to the store and watched the surveillance video, which showed a white vehicle, possibly a Hyundai, pull into the rear parking lot from the area of Stafford Drive. After parking, Lester reported seeing two black males, one white male and a white female enter the store. Someone in the entourage asked a store employee for assistance and while the employee was distracted, two of the males reportedly entered the alcohol cooler and picked up two Steel Reserve spiked watermelon beers and two Bud Light Lime Pomegranate-Rita Beers, before walking back, hiding behind a shelf and concealing the beers in their pants. When a manager confronted them, they left the store. The value of the beer was $1.49 each. Officers noted the investigation was ongoing.

SHOPLIFTING: Deputies M.C. Altice and K.M. Saddler responded to Walmart in Princeton, where a loss-prevention manager advised a female subject had been walking through the store, concealing items in a backpack, which she had also picked up inside the store.

The officers waited at the front of the store for the woman to exit. The loss-prevention manager later advised the woman dropped the backpack when she exited the store.

The woman entered the passenger side of a 2000 Chevy Silverado, and the driver directed the vehicle toward the end of the parking lot. The loss-prevention manager advised the female had still concealed some clothing as she exited the store. Meanwhile, the truck carrying the suspect had stopped by the Walmart Service Station, and Lester approached the vehicle.

The driver immediately advised she was driving on a suspended license. Lester asked both females in the truck to step out, and he reported seeing clothing immediately under the center console. As he searched the vehicle, with both parties’ consent, the passenger allegedly confessed that she had stolen clothing and was going to attempt to return the items.

The loss-prevention manager advised the monetary value of the items stolen was $27.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Lester cited the driver, Tasha Ewing, age and address unavailable, for driving suspended and no proof of insurance. Vickie Quarles, 49, of Whitesville, was also cited for shoplifting.

Jan. 28

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE: Deputy G.C. Paitsel responded to Mim Lane in Bluefield, where a domestic disturbance was reported. The complainant advised she had been to a friend’s house and returned home to find her daughter’s 15-year-old boyfriend in the residence. When the mother advised the boyfriend he needed to leave, the daughter allegedly became upset and started an argument that turned physical. Paitsel noted there did not appear to be any marks, scratches, or signs of injury on the complainant. Meanwhile, the teen advised the mother came home at 4:30 a.m. and became immediately belligerent with her upon finding her boyfriend at the home. The teen alleged she tried to calm her mom so they could talk and was forced to defend herself against her physical attack. The officer took both females into custody, because only the teen showed any signs of a physical altercation.

A copy of the report was forwarded to Child Protective Services. Only the mother’s information may be made public record, since she is an adult. Stacy Elizabeth Uperti, 55, of Bluefield, was taken into custody, as was the 15-year-old female at the home. No further information was available at press time.