KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Vice Investigation Results in Indictment of Nurse for Narcotics Fraud

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. Vice Investigation Results in Indictment of Nurse for Narcotics Fraud
DATE: January 28, 2015
CASE #: 13-014702
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 21, 2015 Michael Todd Burkhart, a former Kingsport nurse, was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury for 61 counts of Obtaining Narcotics by Fraud and Theft Under $500. This indictment comes as a result of a lengthy investigation by the Kingsport Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and Vice and Narcotics Unit into missing medication from the Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) of a local hospital.

On September 4, 2013 Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of stolen medication from the Cath Lab of Indian Path Medical Center, located at 2000 Brookside Drive in Kingsport. Officers spoke with the pharmacy manager who had discovered unusually large amounts of the drug Fentanyl being used by the Cath Lab.

Further consultation between the Pharmacy Manager and the Cath Lab manager revealed that Mr. Burkhart, a Register Nurse (RN) employed by the Indian Path Cath Lab, had diverted or stolen numerous doses of Fentanyl as well as numerous doses of Dilaudid from the hospital during July and August of 2013. Both of these prescription drugs are classified as opioids. Mr. Burkhart had signed out the medication as if he would be administering it to patients; however, the amounts he checked out were too large for individual use, so he was believed to have stolen the remaining medication. The stolen medication had a value of approximately $400.

Mr. Burkhart is no longer employed by Indian Path Medical Center and has since relocated to Hamilton County, TN. On January 27, 2015, Mr. Burkhart was arrested at his residence by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $10,000 bond awaiting transfer back to Sullivan County.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Michael Todd Burkhart
Age Date of Birth 4/7/1966

48 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 6006 Bayshore Drive

Harrison, TN

Charge(s) 1) Obtaining Narcotics by Fraud (61 Counts)

2) Theft Under $500

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Hoax Video of Staged Robbery Gets Local Music Store a Visit from Kingsport Police

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: Hoax Video of Staged Robbery Gets Local Music Store a Visit from Kingsport Police
DATE: January 26, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 23, 2015 the Kingsport Police Department was made aware of a video that had been circulated on YouTube, purporting to be surveillance footage of an actual robbery to a local music store in Kingsport. Not only was the video posted on a popular social media platform, but a link to the video was also emailed to at least one local media outlet.

The video depicted a masked, knife wielding, suspect attempting an armed robbery, with the owner of the store foiling the robbery by pointing a large handgun at the suspect. The caption that accompanied the video indicated that it was an actual robbery that had occurred the previous evening.

An immediate search of K.P.D. incident reports and dispatch records showed no history of this alleged crime having ever been reported. K.P.D. reached out to the store owner who initially claimed that the attempted robbery really occurred. When asked why it was not reported to the police, he said that he did not report it since nobody was injured and nothing was stolen.

A few minutes later, the Patrol Watch Commander contacted the owner to arrange for an officer to take an incident report and begin an investigation. During this second conversation the truth finally surfaced. The owner apologized for his dishonesty, admitted it was staged, and acknowledged that the “robber” in the video was a trained actor that he and an employee had hired to play the role. At the request of K.P.D. the video was temporarily removed from YouTube.

Further investigation on January 26, 2015 involved a conversation between Kingsport Police Detectives and the owner and employee of the music store. During this meeting, detectives provided them with a copy of Tennessee Code Annotated 39-16-502 which is the state statute regarding false reporting. This law states that it is unlawful to make a statement in response to a legitimate inquiry by a law enforcement officer concerning a material fact about an incident knowing that the statement is false. False reporting can be either a Class C or D felony depending on the circumstances.

The store owner and employee apologized and told detectives that they meant no harm and were merely trying to make a video that would go “viral” to help boost business and discourage crime at their store. No charges have been placed in this incident; however, it remains under investigation. The video has been made available for viewing again on YouTube; however, it is now accompanied by a disclaimer more accurately and appropriately labeling it as being “staged” and “not real.”

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to stress that, regardless of their intent, the actions of these individuals were deceitful, foolish, irresponsible, and short-sighted and were ultimately a complete waste of valuable law enforcement resources. This incident should be used by others as an example of what not to do.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Man Previously Charged with Theft of Donation Jar Has Now Been Implicated in a Motor Vehicle Theft 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: Man Previously Charged with Theft of Donation Jar Has Now Been Implicated in a Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation
DATE: January 26, 2015
CASE #: 15-001352
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 21, 2015 at approximately 7:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a residence on Sewanee Street in reference to a stolen 2011 Hyundai Elantra stolen from the driveway during the early morning hours. The owner stated that he suspected that the keys had been left in the vehicle by mistake. Later that morning at approximately 9:00 AM the owner notified police that his vehicle had been returned to his residence by a person he knew only as “Slim.” When the owner stated that he was going to call the police, “Slim” fled on foot.

That same afternoon, in an unrelated incident, Olen R. Blaylock was arrested and charged with Criminal Impersonation and Theft under $500 after being identified as the suspect in the theft of money from a collection jar that was intended to benefit a sick child. For additional information on this incident please refer to the earlier news release:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2015/01/22/kpd-e-news-release-donation-jar-thief-identified-and-arrested/

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Blaylock was in possession of a backpack. Mr. Blaylock denied ownership of the backpack and its contents. An inventory of the contents of the backpack revealed an assortment of items that were traced back to the victim of the earlier motor vehicle theft. The arresting detective also knew Mr. Blaylock was known by the nickname, “Slim.”

Further investigation resulted in the vehicle’s owner positively identifying Mr. Blaylock as the individual who stole his car. A warrant was obtained charging Mr. Blaylock with the additional charge of Theft over $10,000. He was served with the warrant while already detained in the Sullivan County Jail on the earlier charges. He remains incarcerated in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Olen R. Blaylock (a.k.a. “Slim”)
Age Date of Birth 5/7/1984

30 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Homeless
Charge(s) Theft of Property over $10,000

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Searching for Suspect Who Went on Shopping Spree with Debit Card from Stolen Wallet

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. Searching for Suspect Who Went on Shopping Spree with Debit Card from Stolen Wallet
DATE: January 23, 2015
CASE #: 15-000928
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 14, 2015 at approximately 6:00 PM, an employee of Best Buy, located at 2716 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, accidentally dropped her wallet in the parking lot of the business. By the time she realized it was missing, it had already been stolen.

Among the miscellaneous items in the wallet were a debit card and some cash. That same evening, the suspect used the debit card to go on a shopping spree, making two purchases at Murphy U.S.A. on West Stone Drive and additional purchases at Wal-Mart on West Stone Drive and McDonald’s in Church Hill.

Kingsport Police have previously released surveillance images of a potential person of interest in this case. Further investigation has determined that that individual is no longer a suspect but rather a possible witness. Anyone who has any information that may help detectives solve this case is asked to 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: Donation Jar Thief Identified and Arrested

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: Donation Jar Thief Identified and Arrested
DATE: January 22, 2015
CASE #: 14-023341
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 30, 2014, the Kingsport Police Department issued a news release asking for public assistance in identifying a suspect who stole monetary donations from a collection jar that were intended to benefit a sick child. Largely based on citizen feedback, Olen R. Blaylock was developed as the suspect in question.

On January 21, 2015 at approximately 12:30 PM, Kingsport Police Detectives located Mr. Blaylock in Downtown Kingsport. When asked for identification, Mr. Blaylock gave a false first name of “John” and a completely different date of birth than his own.

Mr. Blaylock was arrested for Criminal Impersonation and Theft under $500 and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. He remains incarcerated pending a $1,500 bond.

As previously released:

On December 6, 2014 at approximately 11:30 AM, a suspect entered Planet Vapor, located at 1001 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, and approached the check-out counter. A collection jar, requesting monetary donations to benefit a sick child, had been placed on the counter next to the cash register. The jar was believed to have contained an estimated $200 in donations.

The suspect waited for employees to temporarily leave the area and then took the jar from the counter, concealed it under his jacket, emptied the money into his jacket, and returned the empty jar to the counter.

The incident was captured by store surveillance cameras, and photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. The suspect appears to be a tall white male with long hair. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact Kingsport Police Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or via 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 Olen R. Blaylock
Age Date of Birth 5/7/1984

30 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Homeless
Charge(s) 1) Criminal Impersonation

2) Theft Under $500

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Solicit Citizen Assistance in Identifying Vacuum Cleaner Thief

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 Solicit Citizen Assistance in Identifying Vacuum Cleaner Thief
DATE: January 21, 2015
CASE #: 14-023975
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 26, 2014 at approximately 5:00 PM, a white male suspect disabled a security device to enable him to shoplift a $700 Dyson vacuum cleaner from Kohl’s, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport.

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

http://youtu.be/iDmRzafyfZo

Anyone who recognizes this individual 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: K.P.D. Searching for Two Suspects in Fraudulent Cell Phone Account 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: K.P.D. Searching for Two Suspects in Fraudulent Cell Phone Account Scam
DATE: January 21, 2015
CASE #: 14-023175
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 3, 2014 at approximately 10:30 AM two suspects opened a cellular telephone account at the AT&T Store, located at 1817 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. The account was opened by fraudulently using the identity of an individual who lives out of state. It is unknown how the suspects obtained the victim’s personal information.

The suspects used the fraudulent account to purchase three iPhone 6 smart phones which were then billed to the victim’s account. The victim only became aware of this incident when he received the bill in the mail.

The suspects were captured on surveillance video during the transaction, and photos taken from that footage are included in this release. The actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube Channel via the link below.

http://youtu.be/zDY1DxmFzzw

Anyone who recognizes either of these individuals 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