Blount County
Sheriff's Office

940 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804

Phone: (865) 273-5000
    Fax: (865) 273-5134

Crime Prevention Hotline
           (865) 273-5200
Non-Emergency Dispatch
           (865) 983-3620

Apply for the
Citizens Academy

Apply for the
LE Training Academy
Apply for the
Explorer Post Program
January 2, 2014 Contact: Marian O'Briant


Robbery suspect located in Kansas

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong announced today the suspect from the Dollar General robbery is in custody in Kansas.

James Cramin Meacham, III, 39 was taken into custody by the Topeka Police Department Wednesday afternoon. He will be extradited back to Blount County.

Blount County Sheriff's Office detectives received information that Meacham fled to Topeka following the robbery of the Dollar General store on Sam Houston School Road December 22nd. Working with information from the Blount County Sheriff's Office, police officers with the Topeka Police Department located Meacham and took him into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon.

Upon his return to Blount County, Meacham will be served with a warrant for aggravated robbery. He also has two outstanding warrants for failure to appear and one outstanding warrant for violation of parole.

On the evening of December 22nd, Meacham entered the Dollar General on Sam Houston School Road and demanded money from the store clerk, then lifted his shirt and showed her the butt of a handgun in his waistband. Meacham took the money out of the cash register and fled on foot, and was seen getting into a 1980s brown or maroon sedan. Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified Meacham as the Dollar General robber.

Within a two day period, the Blount County Sheriff's Office responded to two robberies, the Dollar General robbery on December 22nd and the Ian's Market robbery on December 24th. Detectives solved both crimes. Micah Lee Sherwood, 24, was taken into custody at his home on Arrowhead Drive on December 27th and was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

"We'd like to thank the public for their assistance in helping us locate these two robbery suspects," Sheriff Berrong said. "Due to the hard work of our detectives and the Topeka Police Department, as well as tips that we received from the public, we were able to locate and arrest these two suspects very quickly. We appreciate everyone's assistance with this case."

# # #