Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Suspect Wanted for Cashing Counterfeit Checks
Date & Time August 10, 2013

Between 2:15 PM and 3:00 PM

Location of Incident Food City (two locations)

300 Clinchfield Street


1205 North Eastman Road

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name Unknown
Alias “Austin Bell”
Date of Birth/Age Unknown Date of Birth

Age Estimated at Late 20s to Early 30s

Race/Sex White/Male
Height Approximately 5’10”
Build Slim
Hair Short/Brown
Other Features Clean Shaven

Suspect Vehicle Information

Make Audi
Model Unknown
Body Style Four Door Station Wagon
Year Late Model
Color Teal Green

General Narrative

An individual is wanted by the Kingsport Police Department for cashing multiple counterfeit checks at two local grocery stores.

On August 10, 2013 an unidentified suspect cashed two counterfeit checks at two different locations in Kingsport. He cashed the first check at approximately 2:15 PM at Food City at 300 Clinchfield Street and the second check at approximately 2:50 PM at Food City at 1205 North Eastman Road. The combined total the suspect received for the checks was nearly $1,000.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” tall, with a slim build, clean shaven, with short brown hair, in his late 20s to early 30s. When he cashed the checks, he used the alias “Austin Bell.”

While both of these locations are in Kingsport, the suspect has also passed multiple other counterfeit checks at other locations throughout the Tri-Cities area. He was last seen driving a late model teal green Audi four-door station wagon. Photos obtained from surveillance video of the suspect and his vehicle are included in this release.

Anyone who may know the identity or whereabouts of this individual is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit


Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit