KPD e-News Release: Convicted Felon Wanted for Felony Aggravated Animal Cruelty and Felony Theft of Firearms

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Convicted Felon Wanted for Felony Aggravated Animal Cruelty and Felony Theft of Firearms
DATE: March 5, 2020
CASE #: 19-022017



As a result of an extensive ongoing investigation, Kingsport Police Detectives have determined that on two separate occasions in late 2019, Troy D. Collins bit and seriously injured two different cats belonging to his ex-girlfriend. The first of these acts of cruelty occurred at her residence, while the latter occurred at a local pet store which his ex-girlfriend owns.

Based upon the clear and compelling evidence that Mr. Collins intentionally tortured the two cats in a depraved and sadistic manner, Detectives have obtained a warrant for his arrest, charging him with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (a Class E felony).

On another occasion, Mr. Collins is believed to have also stolen two handguns (over $1,800 value) from a gun safe at the residence of his ex-girlfriend. Detectives have subsequently taken out a separate warrant for his arrest, charging him with Theft over $1,000 (a Class D felony).

Mr. Collins is a convicted felon, who has shown violent tendencies, and is believed to be in possession of two firearms. As such, he should be considered armed and dangerous.

He is currently in-between residences in Kingsport, TN and somewhere in Florida, but he is believed to still be in this area. His photograph is included in this release.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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:

Name Troy D. Collins
Age Date of Birth 11/2/1974

45 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White


6 feet 2 inches

225 pounds

Residency In-Between Residences

Kingsport, TN


Somewhere in Florida

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Animal Cruelty (2 counts) Class E Felony

2) Theft Over $1,000 (Class D Felony)

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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


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