KPD e-News Release: Detectives Searching for Suspects in Wal-Mart Shoplifting Incident

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Searching for Suspects in Wal-Mart Shoplifting Incident
DATE: July 25, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 10, 2014 at approximately 3:30 AM, a white male suspect and two white female suspects fled Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport, after stealing over $1,000 in merchandise. Their loot included an above ground swimming pool, a box fan, and nearly 50 individual articles of clothing. The suspects were observed leaving the parking lot in a White Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle bearing a Virginia license plate.

Photos of the three suspects captured on surveillance video are included in this release. A clip from the actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/9yA8V9ESFIU

Anyone who recognizes any or all of these individuals is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Searching for Suspects in Elaborate Shoplifting Scheme at Best Buy

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Searching for Suspects in Elaborate Shoplifting Scheme at Best Buy
DATE: July 24, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 5:00 PM, five suspects were involved in an elaborate shoplifting scheme at Best Buy, located at 2716 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. In all, at least 37 items totaling nearly $6,500 were stolen.

Two white male suspects entered the store and proceeded to the headphone and GPS watch section. The items in this section had been secured to the shelving via a small hole in the packaging. The suspects commenced to cut the tops off of the packaging of numerous items to free them from their display rack. The items were then scattered along the bottom shelf of the isle.

The two males then stood watch on either end of the isle as two white female suspects entered the store to rendezvous with the males. The females collected half of the items in large tote bags and headed for the exit.

Meanwhile a third male suspect distracted store employees at the exit, by asking them a question regarding an advertisement, to allow the females to escape undetected. The group committed this conspiracy a second time to collect the other half of the items. The stolen items are detailed in the chart below.

Brand Description Color Value Quantity Total Value
Jawbone Activity Tracker Wristband Assorted $150.00 12 $1,800.00
Fitbit Activity Tracker Belt Clip Assorted $100.00 8 $800.00
Garmin GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor Assorted $300.00 3 $900.00
Garmin GPS Watch Assorted $130.00 2 $260.00
TomTom GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor Unknown $250.00 1 $250.00
Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones Black/Silver $300.00 4 $1,200.00
Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones Black $180.00 2 $360.00
Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones White $180.00 4 $720.00
Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones Black/Teal $180.00 1 $180.00
Totals 37 $6,470.00

Photos of all five suspects captured on surveillance video as they left the store are included in this release. A video clip has been made available on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/cAXcp_W__S4

The clarity of the video is not exactly stellar; however, it captures four of the suspects in the act of stealing the merchandise.

Anyone who recognizes any of these individuals is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

This was, without a doubt, a well thought out and pre-planned operation conducted by professional thieves. Area retailers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the photos of these suspects and their method of operation and be on the lookout for similar acts at other stores.

Citizens are encouraged to use caution when purchasing items, such as those stolen in this incident, from non-traditional outlets such as Craigslist, Ebay, etc., unless they are dealing with a known, long-time, high-rated seller.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Tractor Trailer Rollover to Temporarily Close Exit Ramp from Westbound I-26 to Rock Springs Road

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Tractor Trailer Rollover to Temporarily Close Exit Ramp from Westbound I-26 to Rock Springs Road
DATE: July 24, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 24, 2014, at approximately 7:40 am, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to westbound Interstate 26 at the Rock Springs Road exit to investigate a single motor vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer that was hauling wood chips.

The truck was westbound, lost control, ran off the right side of the roadway, and overturned. The driver sustained minor injuries, and the load was spilled onto the roadside.

The exit ramp to Rock Springs Road will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time pending cleanup and the truck and trailer being removed via wrecker. TDOT is in the process of setting up a detour to the nearby Wilcox Drive exit, to northbound Highway 93/John B. Dennis Highway, to eastbound Moreland Drive, back to Rock Springs Road.

Motorists are advised to use caution and follow the detour route, or avoid the area all together if at all possible. This incident should only result in minor delays.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Seeking Info in Assault Allegation

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Seeking Info in Assault Allegation
DATE: July 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 20, 2014 at approximately 2:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to Indian Path Medical Center to speak to a victim of an assault. Upon their arrival, they spoke with Raffael Fansano, who had been transported there by Sullivan County E.M.S. to receive treatment for a laceration on his forehead.

Mr. Fansano told the officers that approximately 30 minutes earlier he had been riding his bicycle in the 1000 block of New Beason Well Road in Kingsport when an unknown individual threw an unidentified object out of the window of a passing motor vehicle. He stated that the object in question struck him in the head, resulting in the aforementioned injury.

Mr. Fansano advised that the vehicle appeared to be a newer model sports car that was white in color; however, he was not able to provide a license plate number. He indicated that the vehicle was occupied by two younger white males.

Investigators responded to the area where the assault was alleged to have occurred; however, thus far they have been unable to locate the thrown object, uncover any new information, or develop any suspects in this case.

Detectives are asking for anyone who might have witnessed this incident or who may have any information which may help them solve the case to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect in Custody in Stabbing Incident at Kingsport Motel

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect in Custody in Stabbing Incident at Kingsport Motel
DATE: July 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 22, 2014 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the Econo Lodge, located at 9980 Airport Parkway in Kingsport, in reference to a stabbing incident. Upon their arrival, they came in contact with both the suspect, Richard Mark Thomas, and the victim, Howard Eugene Wells.

Mr. Wells has sustained a severe, life-threatening, laceration. He was promptly transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency medical treatment.

K.P.D. Detectives responded to the scene. Their subsequent investigation yielded the following:

Mr. Thomas, Mr. Wells, and several other individuals had been residing at the Econo Lodge while temporarily working in the Kingsport area. Mr. Thomas and another man were engaged in an argument. Witnessing the heated exchange, Mr. Wells physically placed himself in between the two men in an attempt to mediate and de-escalate the situation.

Rather than diffuse, the situation escalated, and Mr. Thomas produced a handgun. In self-defense, Mr. Wells grabbed the firearm in an attempt to disarm Mr. Thomas. Continuing his aggression, Mr. Thomas then drew a knife and stabbed Mr. Wells.

Mr. Thomas was arrested for Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder and transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing. Although the incident did in fact occur within the confines of the City of Kingsport, in compliance with Sullivan County court jurisdictional boundaries, Mr. Thomas was then transported to the Sullivan County Jail pending his arraignment in General Sessions Court Division I in Bristol, TN.

Mr. Wells remains hospitalized in the Holston Valley Medical Center Intensive Care Unit where he is listed in stable condition.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Richard Mark Thomas
Age Date of Birth 3/5/1967

47 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 142 Waterside Lane

Freeport, FL

Charge(s) Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Combined Vice Units Execute Search Warrant/Arrest Suspect

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Combined Vice Units Execute Search Warrant/Arrest Suspect
DATE: July 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 21, 2014 at approximately 1:30 PM, a search warrant was executed at the residence of Harry B. Watts, located at 1019 Dale Street Alley in Kingsport. This operation was a cooperative effort between the Vice Units of the Kingsport Police Department and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Watts was home at the time the warrant was executed.

During the search, over ½ gram of crack cocaine as well as paraphernalia commonly utilized to package it for resale (small baggies) were located and collected as evidence. Additionally, approximately $4,000 in United States currency and coin, and a large amount of collectable coins were located inside the residence. All of these monies were seized as proceeds from the sale of narcotics. This residence is in close proximity to a neighborhood municipal park.

Mr. Watts was arrested and charged with:

1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) for Resale within 1000 feet of a City Park (Dale Street Park)

2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Stored

He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he was confined pending his arraignment the following morning. At his arraignment, his bond was set at $20,000 which he promptly posted, securing his release until his next scheduled appearance in General Sessions Court on October 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Harry B. Watts
Age Date of Birth 4/28/1940

74 Years of Age

Race/Gender Black/Male
Residency 1019 Dale Street Alley

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) for Resale within 1000 feet of a City Park (Dale Street Park)

2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Stored

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Detectives Request Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspects

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Detectives Request Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspects
DATE: July 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 14, 2014, just prior to 1:00 AM, two suspects (one a white male, the other a white female) burglarized a residence on Gravely Road in Kingsport. Entry was made to the residence via a window on the rear of the house. The suspects stole cash, a firearm, and several electronic items with a combined total value of nearly $4,000.

The victim’s brother was watching over the house while he was temporarily away. Two days before the burglary, he noticed that someone had unsuccessfully attempted to pry open the garage door, prompting him to install a motion sensing “trail camera” to monitor the property.

The two suspects believed to be responsible for the burglary were captured in a series of photographs, some of which are included in this release. Kingsport Police Detectives are requesting assistance in identifying these two individuals. Particular attention should be paid to the full length “sleeve” tattoos on both arms of the male suspect. The tattoos appear to extend across the male suspect’s back as well.

Anyone who recognizes either of these suspects is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit