KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Pattern of Thefts from Apartment Rent Drop Boxes

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Pattern of Thefts from Apartment Rent Drop Boxes
DATE: February 10, 2017
CASE #: 17-002839 (Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments)

17-002864 (City View Apartments)

17-003005 (Allen Creek Apartments)

17-003022 (Brandy Mill Apartments)

17-003039 (Allandale Falls Apartments)

17-003094 (Model City Apartments)

17-003100 (Lynnfield Ridge Apartments)

Between February 3—10, 2017 multiple rent payments have been reported stolen from rent drop boxes located at seven different apartment complexes scattered throughout the City of Kingsport. The apartment complexes reporting these crimes thus far include, Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments, City View Apartments, Allen Creek Apartments, Brandy Mill Apartments, Allandale Falls Apartments, Model City Apartments, and Lynnfield Ridge Apartments.

Some of these rent drop boxes were completely unsecure, while others had at least some level of security that was easily circumvented by the thieves. Management and tenants of these and other local apartment complexes are strongly urged to make themselves aware of these incidents, re-evaluate the false sense of security provided by such drop boxes, and adjust their rent payment procedures accordingly.

All of these cases are currently under review by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Due to strong similarities in the modus operandi utilized, Detectives believe the same individuals are likely responsible for all of these thefts.

Two suspects traveling in a white sedan were recorded on surveillance video in the act of one of the thefts. A photo of the suspect vehicle is included in this release, while a short clip from the actual video has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel accessible via the link below:

Anyone who recognizes this vehicle or who may have any information regarding the potential identity of either of the two suspects 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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