KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Release Video of Dollar General Burglary

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 Release Video of Dollar General Burglary
DATE: February 16, 2017
CASE #: 17-001757
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 25, 2017 at approximately 1:00 AM, an unknown suspect burglarized the Dollar General discount store, located at 1197 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. The suspect forcibly entered the business by smashing in the exterior glass door with a brick. Once inside, he destroyed a display case to allow him to gain access to merchandise.

All told, the suspect committed over $800 in property damage (vandalism) in order for him to steal approximately $100 in cigarettes. The incident was captured on store surveillance video with a grainy image of the suspect taken from that footage included in this release. A more detailed clip of the actual video has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/BVoC-WZJv7k

Anyone who may know the identity of this suspect or who may have any information which may help solve this case 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree Suspect Captured in Rogersville

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: Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree Suspect Captured in Rogersville
DATE: February 11, 2017
CASE #: 17-003210
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 11, 2017 at approximately 1:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a Rogersville, Tennessee Wal-Mart store at the request of the Rogersville Police Department. Rogersville Police Officers had detained Michael Steven Knarr after seeing his image circulated in an official K.P.D. News Release as a suspect in multiple area felony shoplifting incidents.

Upon arrival, Kingsport Officers were able to positively identify Mr. Knarr as the suspect in question. He was placed under arrest for Theft of Property over $5,000 (Felony Shoplifting) and transported back to the Kingsport City Jail, where he remains confined, awaiting arraignment, with no current eligibility for bond.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Knarr was traveling in the same silver 2004 Volkswagen Passat compact 4-door sedan used during his earlier crimes. He was also in possession of several power and hand tools believed to have been stolen, as well as over $2,500 in cash, believed to be proceeds from the sale of stolen property.

His vehicle, the tools, and the cash were all seized as evidence. As he was being booked and processed through the Kingsport City Jail, an alert Kingsport Corrections Officer took note of a particular item in his possession. From prior employment experience, the Corrections Officer immediately recognized the item as a proprietary tool used to deactivate alarms on fire doors at emergency exits. This tool was also seized as a key piece of evidence.

Mr. Knarr remains the subject of investigations into several felony shoplifting incidents in Kingsport and other jurisdictions across the Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee. Additional charges are pending in multiple jurisdictions in those incidents. The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the Rogersville Police Department for their invaluable assistance in the apprehension of Mr. Knarr.

As previously released:

On February 10, 2017 at approximately 1:45 AM, a white male suspect shoplifted a felonious amount of merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The suspect loaded 49 separate items (total value in excess of $5,000) into 3 different shopping carts. He then disabled an alarm on an exterior fire door and discreetly left the store through an emergency exit.

Once in the parking lot, the suspect loaded his loot into what appears to be a silver colored Volkswagen or similarly styled compact 4-door sedan and fled the scene. There was a very uniquely styled aftermarket cargo rack affixed to the roof of the vehicle.

The same suspect is believed to also be responsible for at least three similar felonious shoplifting incidents in the past 24 hours at other Wal-Mart stores across the Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee. He is believed to have shoplifted over $2,000 in merchandise from the other Kingsport Wal-Mart store, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive, over $5,000 in merchandise from a Bristol, TN Wal-Mart store, and an unspecified value of merchandise from a Johnson City, TN Wal-Mart store.

The total value of merchandise believed to have been stolen by this individual is in excess of $12,000. A photo of the suspect and his vehicle taken at the scene of one of these incidents is included in this release. A short clip of surveillance video of the suspect has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/8FsA1mCOKV4

Anyone who recognizes this man or his vehicle or who may have any information regarding this string of crimes 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Michael Steven Knarr
Age Date of Birth 3/4/1971

45 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 116 Shadeland Circle

West Columbia, South Carolina

Charge(s) 1) Theft of Property over $5,000 (Felony Shoplifting)

2) Additional Charges Pending in Kingsport and other Jurisdictions

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Police in Search of Culprit in Felonious Tri-Cities Wide Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree

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: Police in Search of Culprit in Felonious Tri-Cities Wide Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree
DATE: February 10, 2017
CASE #: 17-003210
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 10, 2017 at approximately 1:45 AM, a white male suspect shoplifted a felonious amount of merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The suspect loaded 49 separate items (total value in excess of $5,000) into 3 different shopping carts. He then disabled an alarm on an exterior fire door and discreetly left the store through an emergency exit.

Once in the parking lot, the suspect loaded his loot into what appears to be a silver colored Volkswagen or similarly styled compact 4-door sedan and fled the scene. There was a very uniquely styled aftermarket cargo rack affixed to the roof of the vehicle.

The same suspect is believed to also be responsible for at least three similar felonious shoplifting incidents in the past 24 hours at other Wal-Mart stores across the Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee. He is believed to have shoplifted over $2,000 in merchandise from the other Kingsport Wal-Mart store, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive, over $5,000 in merchandise from a Bristol, TN Wal-Mart store, and an unspecified value of merchandise from a Johnson City, TN Wal-Mart store.

The total value of merchandise believed to have been stolen by this individual is in excess of $12,000. A photo of the suspect and his vehicle taken at the scene of one of these incidents is included in this release. A short clip of surveillance video of the suspect has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/8FsA1mCOKV4

Anyone who recognizes this man or his vehicle or who may have any information regarding this string of crimes 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Pattern of Thefts from Apartment Rent Drop Boxes

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 Investigating Pattern of Thefts from Apartment Rent Drop Boxes
DATE: February 10, 2017
CASE #: 17-002839 (Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments)

17-002864 (City View Apartments)

17-003005 (Allen Creek Apartments)

17-003022 (Brandy Mill Apartments)

17-003039 (Allandale Falls Apartments)

17-003094 (Model City Apartments)

17-003100 (Lynnfield Ridge Apartments)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Between February 3—10, 2017 multiple rent payments have been reported stolen from rent drop boxes located at seven different apartment complexes scattered throughout the City of Kingsport. The apartment complexes reporting these crimes thus far include, Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments, City View Apartments, Allen Creek Apartments, Brandy Mill Apartments, Allandale Falls Apartments, Model City Apartments, and Lynnfield Ridge Apartments.

Some of these rent drop boxes were completely unsecure, while others had at least some level of security that was easily circumvented by the thieves. Management and tenants of these and other local apartment complexes are strongly urged to make themselves aware of these incidents, re-evaluate the false sense of security provided by such drop boxes, and adjust their rent payment procedures accordingly.

All of these cases are currently under review by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Due to strong similarities in the modus operandi utilized, Detectives believe the same individuals are likely responsible for all of these thefts.

Two suspects traveling in a white sedan were recorded on surveillance video in the act of one of the thefts. A photo of the suspect vehicle is included in this release, while a short clip from the actual video has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel accessible via the link below:

https://youtu.be/UimCjlp9GHU

Anyone who recognizes this vehicle or who may have any information regarding the potential identity of either of the two suspects 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Proactive K.P.D. Patrol Officers Capture Mull Street Homicide 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: Proactive K.P.D. Patrol Officers Capture Mull Street Homicide Suspect
DATE: February 4, 2017
CASE #: 17-002406
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 4, 2017 at approximately 10:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were proactively searching the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport for wanted premeditated first degree murder suspect, Jeffrey Dale Flanary, when he was spotted in the vicinity of the Lynn Garden Drive and Interstate 26 interchange. Mr. Flanary made a brief and unsuccessful attempt to flee on foot, but was apprehended shortly thereafter.

He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he remains confined, pending arraignment, with no current eligibility for bond as specified by the presiding judge.

As previously stated, this remains an active ongoing investigation with the autopsy report still outstanding. As such, in the interest of both maintaining the integrity of the investigation as well as a successful future prosecution, additional details such as the specific cause of death or a potential motive for this heinous crime cannot be disclosed at this time.

As previously released on February 3, 2017:

What was previously referred to as a suspicious death investigation has now officially been upgraded to a homicide investigation, with an arrest warrant having been obtained for the man determined to be responsible.

On the evening of Friday, February 3, 2017 Detectives with the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division obtained an arrest warrant, charging Jeffrey Dale Flanary with 1) Premeditated First Degree Murder, 2) Felony First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, and two counts of Theft over $2,500.

These charges come as a result of an extremely active investigation following the January 31st discovery of Michael D. Davidson, deceased under suspicious circumstances, inside his Mull Street residence in Kingsport.

Mr. Flanary was believed to have been sighted earlier Friday afternoon in the Midfield and/or Lynn Garden areas of Kingsport spurring a large scale multi-jurisdictional manhunt; however, he was ultimately not located at that time.

He currently remains at large, and due to the violent nature of the crime in question, he should be considered extremely dangerous. He is best described as a 51 year old white male adult. He stands approximately 6 feet tall and weighs roughly 170 pounds. He has white/gray hair but is mostly bald, and he has hazel eyes. He sometimes wears glasses, usually wears a ball cap, and may or may not currently have facial hair.

Two photographs of Mr. Flanary are included with this release. Anyone who has any information regarding his current whereabouts is asked to promptly 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

Kingsport Police previously announced that Detectives were searching for a white 1-ton Chevrolet camper conversion van that was owned by Mr. Davidson but was unaccounted for; however, that vehicle has since been located.

This remains an active ongoing investigation with the autopsy report still outstanding. As such, in the interest of both maintaining the integrity of the investigation as well as a successful future prosecution, additional details such as the specific cause of death or a potential motive for this heinous crime cannot be disclosed at this time.

As previously released on February 2, 2017:

Kingsport Police are attempting to locate a vehicle with potential ties to a suspicious death investigation on Mull Street in Kingsport. A somewhat unique white 1-ton Chevrolet camper conversion van, believed to have been owned by the decedent, is presently unaccounted for. Two photographs of the van in question have been included in this release.

Anyone who has any knowledge of the current whereabouts of this van is asked to promptly 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

As this continues to be an active ongoing investigation, absolutely no additional details can be released at this time.

As previously released on February 1, 2017:

On January 31, 2017 at approximately 7:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a home on Mull Street in Kingsport after a neighbor had requested that officers check the welfare of the resident.

Upon arrival, the responding officers observed an unresponsive person inside the residence. The officers forced entry into the home and confirmed that the individual was in fact deceased.

This discovery is in the process of being thoroughly investigated as a suspicious death. The decedent has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office at the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City for autopsy.

As this investigation is still in its infancy, and due to the ongoing active nature of it, absolutely no additional details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jeffrey Dale Flanary
Age Date of Birth 11/23/1965

51 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address 1565 Lawrence Street, Apartment #3

Kingsport, TN

Currently believed to be homeless

Charge(s) 1) Premeditated First Degree Murder

2) Felony First Degree Murder

3) Especially Aggravated Robbery

4) Theft over $2,500 (2 counts)

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Michael D. Davidson
Age 59 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Premeditated First Degree Murder Warrant Obtained in Mull Street Homicide Investigation but Suspect Remains at Large

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: Premeditated First Degree Murder Warrant Obtained in Mull Street Homicide Investigation but Suspect Remains at Large
DATE: February 3, 2017
CASE #: 17-002406
GENERAL NARRATIVE
What was previously referred to as a suspicious death investigation has now officially been upgraded to a homicide investigation, with an arrest warrant having been obtained for the man determined to be responsible.

On the evening of Friday, February 3, 2017 Detectives with the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division obtained an arrest warrant, charging Jeffrey Dale Flanary with 1) Premeditated First Degree Murder, 2) Felony First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, and two counts of Theft over $2,500.

These charges come as a result of an extremely active investigation following the January 31st discovery of Michael D. Davidson, deceased under suspicious circumstances, inside his Mull Street residence in Kingsport.

Mr. Flanary was believed to have been sighted earlier Friday afternoon in the Midfield and/or Lynn Garden areas of Kingsport spurring a large scale multi-jurisdictional manhunt; however, he was ultimately not located at that time.

He currently remains at large, and due to the violent nature of the crime in question, he should be considered extremely dangerous. He is best described as a 51 year old white male adult. He stands approximately 6 feet tall and weighs roughly 170 pounds. He has white/gray hair but is mostly bald, and he has hazel eyes. He sometimes wears glasses, usually wears a ball cap, and may or may not currently have facial hair.

Two photographs of Mr. Flanary are included with this release. Anyone who has any information regarding his current whereabouts is asked to promptly 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

Kingsport Police previously announced that Detectives were searching for a white 1-ton Chevrolet camper conversion van that was owned by Mr. Davidson but was unaccounted for; however, that vehicle has since been located.

This remains an active ongoing investigation with the autopsy report still outstanding. As such, in the interest of both maintaining the integrity of the investigation as well as a successful future prosecution, additional details such as the specific cause of death or a potential motive for this heinous crime cannot be disclosed at this time.

As previously released on February 2, 2017:

Kingsport Police are attempting to locate a vehicle with potential ties to a suspicious death investigation on Mull Street in Kingsport. A somewhat unique white 1-ton Chevrolet camper conversion van, believed to have been owned by the decedent, is presently unaccounted for. Two photographs of the van in question have been included in this release.

Anyone who has any knowledge of the current whereabouts of this van is asked to promptly 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

As this continues to be an active ongoing investigation, absolutely no additional details can be released at this time.

As previously released on February 1, 2017:

On January 31, 2017 at approximately 7:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a home on Mull Street in Kingsport after a neighbor had requested that officers check the welfare of the resident.

Upon arrival, the responding officers observed an unresponsive person inside the residence. The officers forced entry into the home and confirmed that the individual was in fact deceased.

This discovery is in the process of being thoroughly investigated as a suspicious death. The decedent has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office at the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City for autopsy.

As this investigation is still in its infancy, and due to the ongoing active nature of it, absolutely no additional details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jeffrey Dale Flanary
Age Date of Birth 11/23/1965

51 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

6 feet

170 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

White/Gray Hair but is Mostly Bald

Hazel Eyes

Other Identifiers Sometimes wears glasses

Usually wears a ball cap

May or may not have facial hair

Last Known Address 1565 Lawrence Street, Apartment #3

Kingsport, TN

Currently believed to be homeless

Charge(s) 1) Premeditated First Degree Murder

2) Felony First Degree Murder

3) Especially Aggravated Robbery

4) Theft over $2,500 (2 counts)

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Michael D. Davidson
Age 59 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Make Seatbelt Enforcement a Top Priority in 2017 THSO “SAFE” Campaign

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 Make Seatbelt Enforcement a Top Priority in 2017 THSO “SAFE” Campaign
DATE: February 3, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.

2017 will be the fourth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results:

  • 1,717 child restraint violations
  • 21,562 seat belt citations
  • 723 other seat belt enforcement activities

“In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23%,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, we soared to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving for 90% or higher.”

This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Historically, approximately 50% of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly 60% when nighttime crashes are examined.

In an ideal world, all motorists would wear their seatbelt 100 percent of the time; however, the Kingsport Police Department would view any significant increase in usage to be a success.

To achieve this goal, the Kingsport Police Department will be stepping up seatbelt education and enforcement efforts. In the State of Tennessee, a violation of the seatbelt law is considered a primary offense, meaning that if an officer observes a motorist not wearing a seatbelt, the officer may stop and cite the motorist for the seatbelt violation without observing any other offenses.

Wearing a seatbelt can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus literally walking away from the crash with minor injuries or completely unscathed. The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life.

Please be “SAFE” and remember that Seatbelts Are For Everyone!

For additional information on the “SAFE” Campaign and other THSO traffic safety programs, please visit the following link:

http://tntrafficsafety.org/safe-campaign-page

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit