KPD e-News Release: Two Women Sought in Bizarre Stolen Debit Card Scheme

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: Two Women Sought in Bizarre Stolen Debit Card Scheme
DATE: July 1, 2015
CASE #: 15-011964

15-011966

15-011969

15-011973

15-011976

15-012130

15-012296

15-012297

15-012391

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives are attempting to identify two female suspects involved in a bizarre stolen debit card scheme.

On June 7, 2015 a white female suspect stole a debit card from the wallet of a male victim while visiting his home in Kingsport. The victim described the woman as an acquaintance; however, he allegedly did not know her name. The suspect and a white female accomplice then fraudulently used the stolen card to make a purchase at a Kingsport Wal-Mart, followed by two failed attempted transactions at an area Walgreens and an Eastman Credit Union Automated Teller Machine.

On June 10, 2015 the female suspect returned to the victim’s home, this time as a burglar rather than as a guest. During the burglary, she allegedly crawled in a window and returned the stolen debit card; however, she stole a completely different debit card. The woman and her accomplice then used the new card to make fraudulent purchases at Kingsport locations of Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and another transaction at an area Shell gas station.

The suspects were captured on surveillance video at both Wal-Mart and Walgreens during two of the transactions. Several photos of the women taken from this footage have been included in this release. Two clips of the footage have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following links:

http://youtu.be/DtGdObppoUQ

http://youtu.be/hgWXpmrmIkU

Anyone who recognizes either of these women, or who may have any additional information which may help Detectives solve this case 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: Two Tractor Trailer Crash Closes Northbound I-81

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: Two Tractor Trailer Crash Closes Northbound I-81
DATE: June 30, 2015
CASE #: 15-013775
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 30, 2015 at approximately 3:30 PM, Officers from the Kingsport Police Department’s Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to a motor vehicle collision involving two tractor trailers on Interstate 81 at the 58 mile marker.

After a thorough analysis of the crash scene and a review of statements given by both drivers and three independent witnesses, investigators were able to determine that the following occurred:

A 2001 International tractor-trailer, driven by Ram Avtar and owned by Papineau International, was northbound on Interstate 81 at the 58 mile marker in the right lane. A 1990 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, driven by Michael S. Franklin and owned by T and B Contractors, was traveling in the same right northbound lane behind the International tractor-trailer.

The International began a lane change to the left lane. As this occurred, the Peterbilt began to pass the International. The International then swerved back into the original right lane into the path of the Peterbilt. The Peterbilt struck the International in the rear of the trailer.

As a result of the collision, the Peterbilt jack-knifed, struck the cable barrier, and came to rest blocking both northbound lanes of I-81. Mr. Avtar was not injured in the crash. Mr. Franklin received non-incapacitating injuries; however, he declined immediate medical care.

The International tractor-trailer received moderate damage and could be driven away from the scene; however, the Peterbilt received disabling damage and had to be towed away. The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 remained closed for approximately two hours as a result of the crash.

Both drivers were cited for contributing to the crash with Mr. Avtar receiving a citation for making an improper lane change and Mr. Franklin receiving a citation for following too closely.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make International
Model 9200
Year 2001
Type Tractor Trailer
Color White
Damage Moderate Damage
Owner Papineau International

Longueil, Quebec

Driver Name Ram Avtar
Age 51 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Longueil, Quebec
Injuries No Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Peterbilt
Model Truck Tractor
Year 1990
Type Tractor Trailer
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Owner T and B Contractors

Bristol, TN

Driver Name Michael S. Franklin
Age 23 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Church Hill, TN
Injuries Non-Incapacitating Injuries
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Asking for Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Credit/Debit Card Fraud Investigation

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 Asking for Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Credit/Debit Card Fraud Investigation
DATE: June 30, 2015
CASE #: 15-012693

15-012697

15-012700

15-012793

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives are investigating multiple instances of credit/debit card fraud committed during the month of June 2015, all of which are believed to involve the same suspect. In most, if not all, of these cases, the original credit/debit card was still in the possession of the victim, indicating that their card had somehow been cloned.

Three of the four cases occurred within minutes of each other (6:15 PM, 6:20 PM, and 6:43 PM) on June 16th with the fourth case occurring just over a week earlier. In all four cases the cards were used to make significant purchases ($215.70, $211.17, $104.89, and two charges of $206.95) at different Walgreens stores in Kingsport.

The suspect in these cases is a black male who is driving what appears to be a black Ford Focus or similarly styled compact 4-door sedan. This was determined after he and his vehicle were captured on Walgreens surveillance video when one of these incidents occurred. Images of the suspect and his vehicle have been included in this release.

Anyone who recognizes this individual or his vehicle, or who may have any additional information which may help Detectives solve this case 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: Suspect Arrested in K-Mart Pharmacy Robbery Investigation

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 Arrested in K-Mart Pharmacy Robbery Investigation
DATE: June 22, 2015
CASE #: 15-012891
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 20, 2015 at approximately 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man at Olive Garden, located at 1919 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Upon their arrival at the restaurant, officers located the suspect in question, identified as Tyler J. Holly. A check for warrants on Mr. Holly revealed two outstanding Sullivan County warrants for Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation.

During a search of his person, the arresting officers located prescription narcotics consistent with those stolen in the robbery of the K-Mart Pharmacy the previous evening. The officers further noticed that Mr. Holly’s clothing and physical appearance matched that of the robbery suspect. After further investigation, Mr. Holly was charged with Aggravated Robbery and transported to the Kingsport City Jail.

He has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail where he remains confined on both the Aggravated Robbery and the other pre-existing charges in lieu of a $25,000 bond as set by the presiding judge.

As previously released:

On June 19, 2015 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to K-Mart, located at 1805 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of the store’s pharmacy. The initial investigation revealed that an unknown suspect threatened pharmacy personnel with what was believed to be a handgun and demanded specific prescription medications. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed type and quantity of prescription medications.

K.P.D. Detectives were called to the scene to investigate. A review of surveillance video revealed a white male suspect, possibly in his twenties, with dark hair and facial stubble, wearing a red ball cap backwards, a long sleeved white t-shirt, a black vest, baggy dark colored jeans, and dark colored shoes.

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

http://youtu.be/JJuX_CKCKzo

Anyone who recognizes this individual, or who may have any additional information which may help Detectives solve this case 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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Tyler J. Holly
Age Date of Birth 5/31/1992

23 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 701 Gravely Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Robbery

2) Also Arrested on Two Outstanding Sullivan County Warrants for Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Release Suspect Photos and Surveillance Video in K-Mart Pharmacy Armed Robbery Investigation

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: Detectives Release Suspect Photos and Surveillance Video in K-Mart Pharmacy Armed Robbery Investigation
DATE: June 20, 2015
CASE #: 15-012891
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 19, 2015 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to K-Mart, located at 1805 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of the store’s pharmacy. The initial investigation revealed that an unknown suspect threatened pharmacy personnel with what was believed to be a handgun and demanded specific prescription medications. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed type and quantity of prescription medications.

K.P.D. Detectives were called to the scene to investigate. A review of surveillance video revealed a white male suspect, possibly in his twenties, with dark hair and facial stubble, wearing a red ball cap backwards, a long sleeved white t-shirt, a black vest, baggy dark colored jeans, and dark colored shoes.

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

http://youtu.be/JJuX_CKCKzo

Anyone who recognizes this individual, or who may have any additional information which may help Detectives solve this case 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: K.P.D. Investigating Armed Robbery of K-Mart Pharmacy

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: K.P.D. Investigating Armed Robbery of K-Mart Pharmacy
DATE: June 19, 2015
CASE #: 15-012891
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 19, 2015 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to K-Mart, located at 1805 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of the store’s pharmacy. The initial investigation revealed that a white male suspect threatened pharmacy personnel with what was believed to be a handgun and demanded specific prescription medications. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed type and quantity of prescription medications. K.P.D. Detectives were called to the scene and are in the preliminary stages of their investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Missing Endangered Child Alert Update

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: Missing Endangered Child Alert Update
DATE: June 19, 2015
CASE #: 15-012796
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 19, 2015 at approximately 12:30 AM, the Kingsport Police Department, with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, issued a Missing Endangered Child Alert on a 12 year old female juvenile who was possibly in the company of a 31 year old adult male either in or en route to Alabama. Approximately an hour and a half later, the female was located safe in Bibb County, Alabama by Officers of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missing Endangered Child Alert was rescinded.

The 31 year old adult male in question is in law enforcement custody in that jurisdiction on unrelated charges. A cooperative investigation between the Woodstock Alabama Police Department and the Kingsport Police Department is ongoing with possible charges pending in either or both jurisdictions. As this is an active multi-jurisdictional investigation with a potential juvenile victim, no additional information will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit