|On March 11, 2015 at 2:26 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a burglary alarm at Kelley’s Package Store, located at 4528 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Two minutes later, Dispatch was notified of a second burglary alarm at Walgreens, located nearby at 4500 West Stone Drive.
Responding Kingsport Police Patrol Officers to Kelley’s Package store determined that a large rock had been thrown through an exterior glass door. A representative of the business responded and determined that two bottles of Jägermeister liqueur ($26.19 each) and one jar of Ole Smoky Moonshine ($24.99) had been stolen.
Responding officers to Walgreens also located forced entry to the business. Entry had been accomplished by removing a wooden panel that was covering a window that had been broken out during an earlier burglary the previous morning. The store manager responded and determined that an unknown quantity of consumable food and beverage items had been stolen.
K.P.D. Detectives responded to both crime scenes and began a thorough investigation including a review of surveillance video footage. They promptly zeroed in on two suspects, Ian Alexander King and Jathan Deon Thomas, who had already been developed as persons of interest in at least three earlier burglaries committed with similar modus operandi.
With the assistance of the Mount Carmel Police Department, Mr. King and Mr. Thomas were quickly located at 442 Bay Street in Mount Carmel. Stolen property from these and other burglaries was found in plain view inside the garage where the suspects were staying. Both suspects were arrested with each being charged with Burglary (2 counts) and Theft Under $500 (2 counts).
Mr. King and Mr. Thomas were initially transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing, but have since been transferred to the Hawkins County Jail in Rogersville where they are currently incarcerated awaiting arraignment. As previously mentioned, these individuals have been linked to at least three other recent burglaries in Kingsport with additional charges pending in those cases.