KPD e-News Release: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport
DATE: July 21, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is just a friendly reminder that fireworks are illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals and encourages citizens to instead enjoy an officially sanctioned fireworks show. See below for the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance. Violations of this Ordinance are subject to a $110 fine.

City of Kingsport Ordinance 42-112

(a) For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, use, discharge, possess with the intent to discharge, or offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or keep with intent to sell at retail, fireworks in the city.

For your safe and legal fireworks viewing pleasure, this coming Saturday evening, July 24, 2021, on the final night of Fun Fest, there will be a fireworks show viewable from Memorial Park and J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport, immediately following the concert.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Crash in 2900 Block of North John B. Dennis Highway

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Crash in 2900 Block of North John B. Dennis Highway
DATE: July 20, 2021
CASE #: 21-015063
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 20, 2021 at approximately 2:20 PM Crash Reconstructionists with the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a serious motor vehicle collision in the 2900 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A maroon 2001 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by a 17 year old male juvenile (not identified due to his minor age), was northbound in the 2900 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Meanwhile, a red 2018 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by Shirley M. Kilgore, was southbound on the same section of roadway.

Ms. Kilgore attempted a left turn toward a private property and turned her Chevrolet into the path of the Honda resulting in an angular collision. The juvenile driver of the Honda was properly restrained and only sustained suspected minor injuries; however, Ms. Kilgore was not wearing her seatbelt and sustained serious injuries. She was transported via ambulance to an area medical facility for treatment where she remains hospitalized in critical condition.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no further details are available for release at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Accord
Year 2001
Type 4-door sedan
Color Maroon
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Not released due to minor age
Age 17 years of age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Cruze
Year 2018
Type 4-door sedan
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Shirley M. Kilgore
Age 84 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injury

Critical Condition

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

DalePhipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)
DATE: July 19, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: Approximately one week remains to apply for the position of Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department.

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer, also commonly referred to as Jailer, with the Kingsport Police Department. Applications will be accepted until July 25, 2021. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current vacancy is only for a male Corrections Officer. Female Corrections Officer positions are presently fully staffed.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer is $14.28 per hour or $29,702.40 annually. City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding the Corrections Officer position, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-224-9424.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager
DATE: July 16, 2021
CASE #: 21-013274
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of June 27, 2021 Dakota J. Hamilton was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. He was last seen at approximately 9:00 PM that evening, on foot, in the 1000 block of Maple Street in Kingsport. While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, Investigators are making every possible effort to locate him.

His photograph and physical description are included in this release. Anyone who may know his current whereabouts 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Dakota J. Hamilton
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

150 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description Tattoo of three cards on right arm
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Black t-shirt

Gray long athletic pants

Black and white shoes

Last Known Location 1000 block of Maple Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Shots Fired at Miller Village Apartments (Update: Second Suspect Arrested)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Shots Fired at Miller Village Apartments (Update: Second Suspect Arrested)
DATE: July 15, 2021
CASE #: 21-013902
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On the evening of July 13, 2021 Darius Woodbury turned himself in on the outstanding arrest warrant (charges: Aggravated Assault (3 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon) without incident at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. As of the time of issuance of this update, he remains incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville.

As this remains an active investigation, and in the interest of future prosecution, absolutely no further details can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

Update: On the morning of July 13, 2021 Curtis Thompson turned himself in on the outstanding arrest warrant (charge: Felony Reckless Endangerment) without incident at the Kingsport Justice Center. He is currently incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail, awaiting arraignment.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, the other suspect, Darius Woodbury, remains wanted and at large. His charges include Aggravated Assault (3 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts 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

As this remains an active investigation, and in the interest of future prosecution, absolutely no further details can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

Update: The July 5, 2021 shots fired incident at Miller Village Apartments has been under constant investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since the time it occurred. The findings thus far are as follows:

Shortly before midnight, two suspects, now identified as Darius Woodbury and Curtis Thompson, exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of the apartment complex. The suspects were already known to one another prior to the altercation. During the incident, Mr. Thompson sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

Also during the incident, a stray bullet shattered the window of an apartment leased to, and occupied by, an uninvolved person. The projectile entered the apartment, went through a television, and lodged in an interior wall. Fortunately, no innocent bystanders sustained injury.

On July 7, 2021 Detectives obtained warrants charging both suspects for their roles in the incident. Mr. Woodbury has been charged with Aggravated Assault (3 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Mr. Thompson has been charged with Felony Reckless Endangerment.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, both suspects remain wanted and at large. Both should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows where either suspect can be located 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

As this remains an active investigation, and in the interest of future prosecution, absolutely no further details can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On July 5, 2021, just before midnight, Kingsport Central Dispatch received multiple reports of shots fired at Miller Village Apartments, located in the 3800 block of Eastline Drive in Kingsport.

Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to the scene. Based upon their preliminary findings, it is believed that two individuals exchanged gunfire in the parking lot.

This remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, no further details are available for release at this time. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available, but only at an appropriate point in the associated investigation.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Darius Woodbury
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Assault (3 counts)

2) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Curtis Thompson
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Felony Reckless Endangerment

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Arrests Suspect in Felony False Reporting Incident

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Arrests Suspect in Felony False Reporting Incident
DATE: July 13, 2021
CASE #: 21-014381 (Stand-By)

21-014404 (Threats)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 12, 2021 at approximately 12:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to Hunter Wright Stadium, located at 800 Granby Road in Kingsport, to stand by while team management dismissed a Kingsport Axmen baseball player, Matthew T. Taylor, from the team and banned him from the premises. Mr. Taylor was allowed to collect his personal belongings and then left the facility without incident.

Approximately an hour and a half later, K.P.D. was called back to the stadium in reference to threats made by the same individual. Further investigation by responding Officers and Detectives revealed that Mr. Taylor had sent messages, via a social media application, in which he had threatened to kill multiple people at the Kingsport Axmen game scheduled for that evening.

Mr. Taylor’s actions naturally resulted in people being placed in reasonable fear of serious injury or death and the game scheduled for that evening, and ultimately the game scheduled for the following evening, being canceled by team management out of an abundance of caution.

Later that afternoon, Officers located Mr. Taylor at a residence in Sullivan County and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the Kingsport Justice Center where he was charged with False Reporting (Class C Felony) and Harassment. He was processed and confined in the Kingsport City Jail but has since been released after posting a $25,000 bond.

This remains an active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division; therefore, no additional information can or will be released at this time. Any inquiries regarding the Kingsport Axmen baseball team should be directed to that organization.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Matthew T. Taylor
Age 21 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) False Reporting (Class C Felony)

2) Harassment

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Shots Fired at Miller Village Apartments (Update: One Suspect in Custody/Other Still At Large)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Shots Fired at Miller Village Apartments (Update: One Suspect in Custody/Other Still At Large)
DATE: July 13, 2021
CASE #: 21-013902
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On the morning of July 13, 2021 Curtis Thompson turned himself in on the outstanding arrest warrant (charge: Felony Reckless Endangerment) without incident at the Kingsport Justice Center. He is currently incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail, awaiting arraignment.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, the other suspect, Darius Woodbury, remains wanted and at large. His charges include Aggravated Assault (3 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts 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

As this remains an active investigation, and in the interest of future prosecution, absolutely no further details can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

Update: The July 5, 2021 shots fired incident at Miller Village Apartments has been under constant investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since the time it occurred. The findings thus far are as follows:

Shortly before midnight, two suspects, now identified as Darius Woodbury and Curtis Thompson, exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of the apartment complex. The suspects were already known to one another prior to the altercation. During the incident, Mr. Thompson sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

Also during the incident, a stray bullet shattered the window of an apartment leased to, and occupied by, an uninvolved person. The projectile entered the apartment, went through a television, and lodged in an interior wall. Fortunately, no innocent bystanders sustained injury.

On July 7, 2021 Detectives obtained warrants charging both suspects for their roles in the incident. Mr. Woodbury has been charged with Aggravated Assault (3 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Mr. Thompson has been charged with Felony Reckless Endangerment.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, both suspects remain wanted and at large. Both should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows where either suspect can be located 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

As this remains an active investigation, and in the interest of future prosecution, absolutely no further details can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On July 5, 2021, just before midnight, Kingsport Central Dispatch received multiple reports of shots fired at Miller Village Apartments, located in the 3800 block of Eastline Drive in Kingsport.

Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to the scene. Based upon their preliminary findings, it is believed that two individuals exchanged gunfire in the parking lot.

This remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, no further details are available for release at this time. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available, but only at an appropriate point in the associated investigation.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Darius Woodbury
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Assault (3 counts)

2) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Curtis Thompson
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Felony Reckless Endangerment

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department

Kingsport Police Department

DalePhipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department
DATE: July 12, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer, also commonly referred to as Jailer, with the Kingsport Police Department. Applications will be accepted until July 25, 2021. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current vacancy is only for a male Corrections Officer. Female Corrections Officer positions are presently fully staffed.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer is $14.28 per hour or $29,702.40 annually. City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding the Corrections Officer position, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-224-9424.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. to Begin Limited Staffing of Lynn Garden Police Substation

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. to Begin Limited Staffing of Lynn Garden Police Substation
DATE: July 12, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective immediately, the Kingsport Police Department will begin limited staffing of the Lynn Garden Police Substation on two days each week during specified hours. K.P.D.’s Lynn Garden Police Substation is located along the right side of K.F.D. Fire Station #5, located at 1517 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport. While there has been a Police substation at this location for decades, this is the first time that it will be open to the public.

The hours of operation will be on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon and Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00PM – 5:00PM. Meanwhile, the Substation itself has undergone a facelift to include new signage to help with visibility. The word “POLICE” has been added to the marquee adjacent to the road, and new signs have also been added on the door and near the entrance to include the new hours.

“Our decision to begin staffing this Substation comes as a result of increased community concerns and our own observations regarding a high volume of police calls for service in this specific part of the city,” said Chief of Police Dale Phipps. “Our hope is that an increase in Police visibility in this particular area will serve as a crime deterrent and help reduce the high demand for police resources, while at the same time help the residents of the Lynn Garden Community feel a little bit safer.”

The concept of the Lynn Garden Police Substation is for it to serve as a “Community Listening Post.” During the aforementioned hours of operation, the Substation will be staffed by a Patrol Watch Commander or other Police Department Supervisor, who will be available to take “walk-in” reports as well as listen to and help address complaints and concerns expressed by citizens of the Lynn Garden Community.

While K.P.D. will maintain limited hours of operation at the Lynn Garden Police Substation, citizens can rest assured that the Police are still available to respond to their needs 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. Citizens can always feel free to come to the Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 (or 911 if an emergency) if they are ever in need of Police assistance.

As indicated on one of the signs, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office will also have access to this Police Substation. Should a need arise for a S.C.S.O. Deputy or Supervisor to meet with a citizen in this part of Sullivan County, this could be accomplished at this location. Any inquiries involving the S.C.S.O. should be directed to that agency.

Additional Police Substations are located at K.F.D. Fire Stations #6 (Colonial Heights), #7 (Rock Springs), and #8 (New Beason Well Road just off East Stone Drive); however, none of those Substations are currently open to the public. If this investment in the Lynn Garden Community proves successful, and overall Police Department staffing levels improve, K.P.D. will be open to considering opening of some of these other Police Substations to the public in the future.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Identity Sought in Motor Vehicle Theft and Subsequent Credit Card Fraud

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Identity Sought in Motor Vehicle Theft and Subsequent Credit Card Fraud
DATE: July 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-011346 (Motor Vehicle Theft)

21-013477 (Credit Card Fraud/Walmart)

21-013478 (Credit Card Fraud/Sonic)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 2, 2021, between the hours of 12:00 Noon and 4:30 PM, a silver Ford 500 sedan was stolen from a parking lot, located in the 1600 block of East Stone Drive in Kingsport, while the owner was at work at an adjacent business. Also stolen along with the vehicle was the owner’s purse which contained, among other things, her credit card.

The car was recovered the next day, parked at the Westside Inn, located at 1017 West Stone Drive; however, on the same day that the vehicle was taken, the stolen credit card was used to make two fraudulent purchases. One of these was for $273.75 at Walmart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive, and the other for $19.44 at Sonic, located at 3845 Fort Henry Drive.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video during the Walmart incident. A photo taken from that footage has been included in this release. The suspect appears to have a bandage on his left calf which might help identify him. Anyone who recognizes him 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:

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

In this incident, the vehicle had been left unlocked and unattended for several hours, and valuables as well as a spare key to the vehicle had been left inside it unsecured.

The occurrence of the crimes of Motor Vehicle Theft and Auto Burglary can easily be lessened or even prevented altogether by utilizing the following common sense measures:

1) Never leave your vehicle unlocked while unattended.

2) Never leave the key inside your parked and unoccupied vehicle.

3) Never leave your car key in any unsecure location.

4) Never leave your vehicle running unless you are actually in it.

5) Never leave items of real or perceived value in plain sight inside your vehicle.

Following these simple steps will go a long way toward deterring these crimes in our city, and reducing your chances of becoming the next victim of the crimes of Motor Vehicle Theft or Auto Burglary.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton