KPD e-News Release: Police in Search of Culprit in Felonious Tri-Cities Wide Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT: Police in Search of Culprit in Felonious Tri-Cities Wide Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree
DATE: February 10, 2017
CASE #: 17-003210
On February 10, 2017 at approximately 1:45 AM, a white male suspect shoplifted a felonious amount of merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The suspect loaded 49 separate items (total value in excess of $5,000) into 3 different shopping carts. He then disabled an alarm on an exterior fire door and discreetly left the store through an emergency exit.

Once in the parking lot, the suspect loaded his loot into what appears to be a silver colored Volkswagen or similarly styled compact 4-door sedan and fled the scene. There was a very uniquely styled aftermarket cargo rack affixed to the roof of the vehicle.

The same suspect is believed to also be responsible for at least three similar felonious shoplifting incidents in the past 24 hours at other Wal-Mart stores across the Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee. He is believed to have shoplifted over $2,000 in merchandise from the other Kingsport Wal-Mart store, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive, over $5,000 in merchandise from a Bristol, TN Wal-Mart store, and an unspecified value of merchandise from a Johnson City, TN Wal-Mart store.

The total value of merchandise believed to have been stolen by this individual is in excess of $12,000. A photo of the suspect and his vehicle taken at the scene of one of these incidents is included in this release. A short clip of surveillance video of the suspect has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

Anyone who recognizes this man or his vehicle or who may have any information regarding this string of crimes 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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