KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Attempting to Identify Felony Graffiti Vandals Who Tagged Downtown Kingsport Buildings

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Attempting to Identify Felony Graffiti Vandals Who Tagged Downtown Kingsport Buildings
DATE: July 6, 2017
CASE #: 17-014702
Kingsport Police Department Detectives are attempting to identify two suspects who are responsible for brazenly vandalizing several Downtown Kingsport buildings with spray-painted graffiti, a practice typically referred to as “tagging.” While this practice is not as common in Kingsport as it is in larger cities, unfortunately it does happen here periodically. Graffiti serves as an aesthetic blight, and subsequent clean-up costs to municipalities and private business owners can be significant.

On June 12, 2017 at approximately 10:30 PM, the suspects were captured on surveillance video, both in front of, as well as in the alley behind Urban Synergy, located at 247 Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport. A male suspect commits the act, while his female accomplice serves as a lookout. Both suspects appear to have a light complexion and a slim build. The male appears to have long dark hair, while the female appears to have blonde hair fashioned in a ponytail.

While the actual property damage and cost of cleanup at this location alone will easily exceed $1,000 (making this crime a felony), the same duo is believed to likely be responsible for similar graffiti spray-painted recently at a minimum of five other locations throughout the Downtown Kingsport area.

A photo of the suspects, taken from the aforementioned surveillance footage, has been included in this release, while two clips of the actual video have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel accessible via the links below:

Anyone who recognizes either or both of these suspects, or who may have any additional information which could potentially help Detectives solve this case, 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:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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