|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 what appeared to be 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.
This incident has been under investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since the date it was reported. During the course of the investigation, Jeffrey Lynn Anderson was developed as a person of interest. Mr. Anderson was also arrested in an unrelated incident at which time he was found to be in possession of a black ski mask and a BB pistol that matched those used in the Cash for Gold Express robbery. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Anderson had pawned a ring stolen in the robbery at a pawn shop in Johnson City, TN four days after the robbery.
On April 22, 2015 at approximately 12:00 PM, Mr. Anderson was arrested at his residence on the charges of Aggravated Robbery and Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. Subsequent to his arrest, he has now been developed as a person of interest in other unsolved crimes, and additional charges are likely pending in those cases. He was arraigned this morning, at which time the presiding judge ordered him to be held without bond. He will be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.