KPD e-News Release: Suspect Recently Identified by DNA Wanted for 2017 Motor Vehicle Theft

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Suspect Recently Identified by DNA Wanted for 2017 Motor Vehicle Theft
DATE: February 6, 2019
CASE #: 17-033976
On November 28, 2017 at approximately 7:30 AM, a white 2010 Ford Escape compact sport utility vehicle was stolen from a Stratford Road apartment complex in Kingsport while the owner had left it unlocked, running, and unattended while it was defrosting outside of her residence.

The stolen vehicle was found a few days later, abandoned in Sullivan County. When it was recovered, it had been extensively vandalized to include various damage to the interior, a stripped ignition, and being spray painted black. There was also a reddish-brown stain in the vehicle that appeared to have been blood.

The stain was swabbed and sent to the TBI Crime Lab for analysis. The results of that test were recently received by the Kingsport Police Department, indicating that the stain had been positively matched by DNA to Anthony J. Coffey.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Coffey with 1) Motor Vehicle Theft over $2,500 and 2) Vandalism over $1,000. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains wanted and at large.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division by calling 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:

Name Anthony J. Coffey
Age Date of Birth 7/1/1990

28 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White


5 feet 7 inches

160 pounds



Black Hair

Hazel Eyes

Last Known Address 313 East Sullivan Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Motor Vehicle Theft over $2,500

2) Vandalism over $1,000

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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


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