KPD e-News Release: (UPDATE ON PERSON OF INTEREST) K.P.D. Searching for Suspect in Theft and Fraudulent Use of Company Credit Card

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: (UPDATE ON PERSON OF INTEREST) K.P.D. Searching for Suspect in Theft and Fraudulent Use of Company Credit Card
DATE: October 21, 2016
CASE #: 16-020488 (Theft of Credit Card)

16-020513 (Fraudulent Use of CC at Sonic)

16-020515 (Fraudulent Use of CC at Quality Plus)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 20, 2016, the Kingsport Police Department released a photograph of a person of interest in the theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. The woman shown has since been positively identified after voluntary coming forward and has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Again, she is no longer considered a suspect. Her photograph has been removed from all K.P.D. social media applications, and representatives from traditional media outlets in the area are asked to do likewise.

This case remains an open active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division with the suspect currently unknown. Anyone who has any information which may assist detectives with this investigation 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

As previously released:

On September 2, 2016, an employee of Eastman Chemical Company discovered that two different company credit cards had been stolen from her desk drawer. She realized that the cards were missing after finding fraudulent transactions listed on a monthly credit card statement.

On August 29, 2016, one of the cards was used to conduct fraudulent transactions at two different Kingsport businesses to include a purchase of $1.30 at Sonic, located at 3845 Fort Henry Drive, and a purchase of $38.16 at Quality Plus Gas, located at 841 East Stone Drive. A third fraudulent transaction was conducted at a Roadrunner Market in Gray, TN with a parallel investigation ongoing by law enforcement of that jurisdiction.

A white female suspect was captured on surveillance video during one of the transactions with a photograph taken from that footage included in this release. Anyone who recognizes her 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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