Topless woman charged with burglary after river swim

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2011

RUSSELL, Ky. — A woman who swam topless across the Ohio River from Ironton to Russell, Ky., Wednesday was arrested, not because of her athletic feat but because of what she allegedly did afterward.

Tina L. Carmon, 46, who listed her address on police records as homeless, was charged by Russell police with felony burglary and criminal mischief and misdemeanor theft charges.

Ironton Police Chief Jim Carey said his department received a telephone call from a lady who reported seeing a drowning. When officers arrived they found a man and two women on the riverfront. One woman, who was wearing only a pair of underwear, had decided to go swimming but got caught in the current and drifted toward Russell.

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Once on the Kentucky side, Carmon allegedly broke into a residence at 103 Vernon St., Russell, near the city water plant.

“She got a dress and a shirt and fixed herself a bologna sandwich and then she got arrested,” Russell Patrolman Kevin Diedrich said. “She was a little intoxicated.”

Diedrich said Carmon was spotted by an employee at the water plant, who called police. Carmon at first denied the break-in but then admitted her offenses.

Carmon was taken to the Greenup County Jail.

The incident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.