|Update: On December 13, 2019 the Kingsport Police Department issued an official news release requesting public assistance in identifying a “Porch Pirate” captured on home video surveillance footage in the act of stealing two packages from the front porch of a Kingsport residence.
Thanks in large part to numerous citizen tips, Detectives with the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division were able to positively identify this suspect as Crystal Dee Line. On January 6, 2020, a warrant was subsequently obtained for her arrest, charging her with Theft Under $1,000.
On the evening of March 3, 2020, K.P.D. Patrol Officers located Ms. Line during a routine traffic stop and placed her under arrest on the outstanding warrant. At the time of her arrest, she was found to be in possession of a glass pipe coated with reside indicative of illicit drug use, netting the additional charge of Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia.
Ms. Line was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where she remains confined in lieu of a $1,500 bond.
As previously released:
On December 11, 2019 at approximately 4:00 PM, an adult white female suspect was caught on home video surveillance footage in the act of brazenly stealing two packages from the front porch of a residence on Packing House Road in Kingsport.
When the suspect arrived at the residence, she was a passenger in what appeared to be a burgundy Ford Taurus 4-door sedan. She first knocked on the door, but when nobody answered, she took the packages and fled the scene.
Photos taken from that footage have been included in this release, while a clip of the actual video has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:
Anyone who recognizes her 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:
This particular crime typically increases in frequency during the holiday season, and those individuals who commit it are commonly referred to as “Porch Pirates.” The best way to prevent it is to avoid leaving unattended packages outside your residence, especially for extended periods of time.
Also, consider installing home video surveillance cameras that monitor the drop off location, and prominently display signs announcing their presence as a deterring effect. While cameras are not guaranteed to prevent this crime from happening, they greatly increase the chances of identifying the culprit.
If you will not be home at the time your package is scheduled to be delivered, consider having it shipped to a different and more secure location, such as your place of work or the residence of a trusted friend or family member who will be home at the time of delivery.
Other options include shopping locally rather than online when possible, having the package held by the delivery service for you to pick up at their distribution center at your convenience, or utilizing other secure delivery services such as Amazon Locker.