KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Stress Prevention Measures in Light of Multiple Reported Motor Vehicle Thefts

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Stress Prevention Measures in Light of Multiple Reported Motor Vehicle Thefts
DATE: July 31, 2015
CASE #: 15-016347

15-016348

15-016393

GENERAL NARRATIVE
In light of multiple recently reported motor vehicle thefts, the Kingsport Police Department continues to stress utilizing basic crime prevention measures.

Sometime between the evening of July 29 and the morning of July 30, 2015, a red 1997 Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a residence in the 2300 block of Inglewood Drive in Kingsport. The vehicle had been left unattended all night.

On July 30, 2015, at approximately 2:30 PM, a silver and black 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was stolen from a residence in the 1000 block of West Sullivan Street in Kingsport. The vehicle had been left unattended for twenty minutes.

On July 30, 2015 at approximately 11:30 PM, a blue 2000 Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Fairmont Avenue in Kingsport. The vehicle had been left unattended for five minutes.

In all three of these motor vehicle thefts, the doors of the vehicle had been left unlocked, and the keys to the vehicle had been left in the ignition.

Such has unfortunately been a recurring theme with crimes of this nature. In the vast majority of motor vehicle thefts reported to the Kingsport Police Department, the doors had been left unlocked and the keys had been left in the ignition. And in the vast majority of auto burglaries reported to K.P.D., the doors had been left unlocked and/or an item of obvious value had been left in plain view. The K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division is dedicating a great deal of time and manpower investigating these easily preventable crimes and searching for stolen property.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the extreme importance of locking doors and removing the keys as well as any tempting items of value whenever a vehicle is left unattended, even if it is for a very brief period of time. It only takes a few seconds to steal or burglarize a vehicle, especially when it is left unlocked with the keys in the ignition. K.P.D. also stresses that a child should NEVER be left in an unattended vehicle.

Anyone who may know the location of any of these three stolen vehicles or who may have any information which may help Detectives solves these cases is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Share Back to School Safe Driving Tips

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 Share Back to School Safe Driving Tips
DATE: July 31, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As of Monday morning, August 3, 2015, Kingsport City Schools will be back in session. The Kingsport Police Department will be patrolling Kingsport’s various school zones and actively enforcing traffic violations. Motorists are urged to slow down and drive with an increased level of situational awareness, especially around school zones. Following, are some Back to School Safe Driving Tips from our friends at the National Safety Council:

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year. Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and anxious parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. The following apply to all school zones:

· Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

· Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.

· Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

· Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.

· In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

· Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

· Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.

· Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.

· Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

· Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

· Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.

· If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

· The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

· Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

· When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.

· When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.

· If you’re turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.

· Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.

· Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.

· Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.

· Check side mirrors before opening your door.

By exercising a little extra care and caution, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and school buses can co-exist safely in school zones and throughout the City of Kingsport.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Sought in Felonious Merchandise Return Scam

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 Sought in Felonious Merchandise Return Scam
DATE: July 29, 2015
CASE #: 15-015212
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 9, 2015 at approximately 11:15 PM, a white male suspect returned two Vizio High Definition televisions at Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The suspect was refunded nearly $1,200 in cash for the televisions. After the suspect left the store, loss prevention personnel realized that the returned televisions were smaller and less expensive than the boxes in which they were packaged indicated.

Further investigation revealed that on more than one occasion, the same suspect had purchased a large television and a smaller less expensive television. He then swapped the serial numbers and packaging materials and returned the less expensive televisions for the refund amount of the larger and more expensive televisions. All total, he has scammed Wal-Mart out of nearly $2,400.

Photos of the suspect captured on surveillance video have been included in this release. He appears to have extensive tattoos visible on both arms, and at the time of the incident he had a full beard. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Charge Burglar Who Targeted Hunter Wright Stadium

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Charge Burglar Who Targeted Hunter Wright Stadium
DATE: July 28, 2015
CASE #: 15-011334
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of June 1, 2015 Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to Hunter Wright Stadium, located at 800 Granby Road in Kingsport, in reference to a burglary that had occurred sometime over the preceding weekend. Workers arrived to find that a hole had been cut in the chain link fence behind one of the advertising banners to gain access to the ball park. Once inside, the suspect broke into two equipment sheds and stole the following:

1) Exmark Mower ($1,500 value)

2) Two Stihl Backpack Blowers ($500 each/$1,000 total value)

3) Echo Weedeater ($375 value)

After a review of surveillance video footage, Detectives learned that the burglary occurred on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at approximately 11:45 PM, and the suspect in question was a white male adult. On June 4, 2015, K.P.D. issued a news release, which included a photo of the suspect taken from that footage, asking for assistance in his identification.

During the course of the investigation, James R. Benton, was identified as the suspect in question. On July 28, 2015 at approximately 11:30 AM, Mr. Benton was located in the parking lot of a gas station on Airport Parkway in Kingsport. He was subsequently arrested, charged with Burglary, and confined in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James R. Benton
Age Date of Birth 8/8/1969

45 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 3302 Wil Rho Circle

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Burglary

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Investigating Circumstances Surrounding Injured Man Found in Roadway

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. Investigating Circumstances Surrounding Injured Man Found in Roadway
DATE: July 24, 2015
CASE #: 15-011317
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 31, 2015 at approximately 9:15 PM, area first responders were alerted to an injured and unresponsive man lying in the roadway on Summit Drive near the intersection with Stratford Road in Kingsport. The man was transported to a local medical facility by Sullivan County E.M.S. where he remains hospitalized with significant head trauma.

An active investigation has been underway since the date of the incident with Kingsport Police Detectives attempting to determine the circumstances surrounding his injury. Detectives have been able to determine that the man regularly walked that particular route. It is unclear at this point whether his injuries were sustained during a fall, an impact by a passing motor vehicle, an assault, or some other means.

Detectives are requesting for anyone who may have any information which may assist them with their investigation to please call the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Explorer Graduates from National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academy

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. Explorer Graduates from National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academy
DATE: July 23, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
During the week of July 5 through 11, 2015, Kingsport Police Department Explorer Rachael Barkley attended the National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academy at the United States Marshals Service in Washington, D.C. She was one of thirty Law Enforcement Explorers from across the nation to be selected for this honor. During her time at the academy, Rachael was chosen to command a wreath laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial, and she was also selected to serve as class spokesperson at the graduation ceremony.

There are a total of three National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies conducted each year by the United States Marshals Service, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Army Military Police. All three academies feature programs on the dynamics of leadership, physical training, and general law enforcement practices.

Rachael is an extremely mature and driven young lady. A 2014 graduate of Volunteer High School, she joined the Kingsport Police Department’s Explorer Post during her junior year and has since achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Rachael is currently enrolled at East Tennessee State University, pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She aspires to one day become a Kingsport Police Officer. Meanwhile, she has obtained her Unarmed Security License, and is employed by Mountain States Health Alliance as a Security Officer.

While many of her goals center around the Law Enforcement profession, Rachael is also extremely active in the Civil Air Patrol. After receiving her Solo Flight Certification on her sixteenth birthday, she now serves as a Flight Officer with the C.A.P.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to publicly congratulate Rachael on her most recent accomplishment and thank her for her continued service.

In 1988, Employees of the Kingsport Police Department, with sponsorship and funding by the Fraternal Order of Police, established Law Enforcement Explorer Post #185. Explorers are a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. The purpose of the program is to allow young people, who are interested in a future career in law enforcement, the opportunity to learn and experience the many aspects of this profession.

The K.P.D. Explorer Post is open to area young people of good character between 14 and 21 years of age. Anyone who may be interested in joining Post #185 is encouraged to contact K.P.D. Detective Justin McConnell for additional information. He can be reached by phone at 423-229-9355 or by email at JustinMcConnell@KingsportTN.gov.

Please visit the following links for additional information regarding the Law Enforcement Explorer program:

http://police.kingsporttn.gov/explorer_program

http://exploring.learningforlife.org/services/career-exploring/law-enforcement/

Pictured left to right in the above photo: K.P.D. Explorer Rachael Barkley and Director Stacia Hylton, United States Marshals Service
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Not So Good Samaritans Who Stole $300 from Wallet Before Turning it in to Lost and Found

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 Searching for Not So Good Samaritans Who Stole $300 from Wallet Before Turning it in to Lost and Found
DATE: July 22, 2015
CASE #: 15-006696
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 5, 2015 at approximately 7:00 PM, an individual lost his wallet at Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The individual contacted management to report his loss, and learned that his wallet had been found and had been turned in to lost and found. Unfortunately, however, when he checked his wallet, he found that $300 in cash had been stolen.

A check of video surveillance footage revealed that a white male and white female couple, accompanied by two children, found the wallet. The couple can be seen on surveillance video stealing the $300 from the wallet and then turning the then slightly lighter wallet over to customer service personnel. The suspects fled the scene in a green car, possibly a Toyota.

Anyone who recognizes the couple in the included photo is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit