|On December 30, 2014 at approximately 3:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to Cash for Gold Express, located at 876 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery that had occurred over 8 hours earlier. Responding officers spoke with an employee of the business who reported the following:
On December 29, 2014 at approximately 7:00 PM, the employee was in the process of closing the business for the day. As he exited the business, a suspect brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun, met him at the door and pushed him back inside. The suspect was described as a male wearing a black ski mask and an olive green hooded sweatshirt.
The suspect escorted the employee to the bathroom, took his wallet and watch, tied him up, and instructed him to not leave the room. Not knowing whether or not the suspect had left, the employee remained in the bathroom for several hours before eventually breaking free from his restraints and calling 9-1-1.
The employee discovered that in addition to his wallet and watch, the suspect had also stolen an unspecified amount of cash, assorted articles of jewelry, and a laptop computer.
K.P.D. Detectives are soliciting any leads that may assist them with developing a suspect in this incident. Tips may be called in to the Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or to 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:
|Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit