KPD e-Press Release: (UPDATE) Suspect in Custody in Motor Vehicle Theft and Use of Stolen Debit Card

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident (UPDATE) Suspect in Custody in Motor Vehicle Theft and Use of Stolen Debit Card
Date & Time of Incident October 16, 2013

Approximately 5:30 AM

Location of Incident Motor Vehicle Theft: Residence at 406 Roller Street, Kingsport

Use of Stolen Debit Card: Wal-Mart, 2500 West Stone Drive, Kingsport

Date & Time of Arrest October 18, 2013

Approximately 11:30 PM

Location of Arrest Wal-Mart, 2500 West Stone Drive, Kingsport
Suspect Information
Name Kristi Blizzard
Date of Birth/Age 1/27/1975

38 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Female
Address 659 ½ Branch Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Charges from Original Incident:

1) Theft Over $10,000

2) Theft Over $500

3) Identity Theft (5 Counts)

4) Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (5 Counts)

Additional Charges Accumulated During Arrest

1) Resisting Arrest

2) Assault on a Police Officer

3) Possession of a Schedule IV Drug (Clonazepam)

Stolen/Recovered Vehicle Information

Make Hyundai
Model Santa Fe
Year 2007
Color Silver
Condition When Recovered Undamaged

General Narrative

(UPDATE) The Kingsport Police Department arrested a suspect in a case of a stolen vehicle and the use of a stolen credit card when she returned to the scene of the crime.

Shortly after K.P.D. released surveillance video of the suspect on October 16, 2013, Detectives received confirmation from numerous law enforcement and non-law enforcement sources identifying Kristi Blizzard as the individual in question. Since that time Detectives have been on her trail attempting to apprehend her.

On October 18, 2013 at approximately 11:30 PM, K.P.D. Detective Corporal Martin Taylor tracked her down at the scene of one of her earlier crimes at Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. When K.P.D. Patrol Officers approached Ms. Blizzard inside the store, she was pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise, yet she had no means of paying for the merchandise in her possession.

As Officer Bobby Lawson attempted to place Ms. Blizzard under arrest, she tried to pull away. When her initial escape effort proved unsuccessful, she began kicking Officer Lawson in the leg. She then escalated her assault on Officer Lawson by digging her fingernails into his leg. She was eventually brought under control and taken into custody.

At the time of her arrest, Ms. Blizzard had in her possession three yellow tablets, identified as Clonazepam. She did not have a prescription for this medication.

Based on her earlier crimes, Ms. Blizzard was charged with:

1) Theft Over $10,000

2) Theft Over $500

3) Identity Theft (5 Counts)

4) Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (5 Counts)

The additional charges that she accumulated during her arrest were:

1) Resisting Arrest

2) Assault on a Police Officer

3) Possession of a Schedule IV Drug (Clonazepam)

At approximately the same time as her arrest, other officers located the stolen Hyundai abandoned on Jared Drive in Kingsport. It did not appear to have sustained any damage while in Ms. Blizzard’s possession.

The following was previously released on October 16, 2013:

K.P.D. is searching for at least one suspect in the theft of a motor vehicle and the use of a stolen debit card.

Sometime during the early morning hours of October 16, 2013, a silver 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe four-door hatchback vehicle was stolen from a residence at 406 Roller Street in Kingsport. At the time of the theft, the vehicle was unlocked, and a spare key to the vehicle was inside the vehicle. Also inside the vehicle was the victim’s wallet containing, among other items, a debit card.

On the same date at approximately 5:30 AM, the vehicle was driven to Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The stolen debit card was utilized by a female suspect to make multiple purchase transactions for a total of approximately $1,100 in merchandise.

The suspect is described as a white female, possibly in her late 20s, with dark hair, and a slim build. A photo taken from surveillance video is included in this release. The actual video footage is available for viewing by the media.

Anyone who may be able to identify this suspect is requested to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

A photo of an identical silver 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe is also included in this release.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the importance of locking motor vehicles and securing items of potential value.

For additional information, please contact:

P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

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