KPD e-News Release: Thieves Recorded by Surveillance Cameras in the Act of Stealing Surveillance Cameras

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT: Thieves Recorded by Surveillance Cameras in the Act of Stealing Surveillance Cameras
DATE: January 10, 2017
CASE #: 16-027290
On December 17, 2016 at approximately 4:00 AM, two unidentified suspects shoplifted over $1,800 in merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The stolen merchandise consisted of a home security system and five home surveillance cameras.

The merchandise had been secured with electronic anti-theft devices, which the suspects disabled and destroyed to facilitate their crime. The vandalized devices had a value of an additional $500 on top of the value of the merchandise for a total loss of over $2,300.

The suspects exited the store with their loot through a fire door where they had a getaway vehicle staged. They fled the scene in that vehicle which appeared to be a full-size GMC pickup truck or similarly styled vehicle.

In an ironic twist, the theft of these surveillance cameras was captured by Wal-Mart surveillance cameras, with photos of both suspects and their vehicle included in this release. A clip of the actual footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below.

Anyone who recognizes either of these suspects or their vehicle 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:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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