KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspect in Identity Theft Case

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspect in Identity Theft/Credit Card Fraud Case
DATE: October 31, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 31, 2014 at approximately 4:30 PM, a suspect used a credit card to make a purchase of $479.97 at Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The account for the credit card that was used was in the name of a Knoxville, TN resident who was completely unaware of the account’s existence. It is apparent that the suspect at Wal-Mart has stolen the victim’s identity in opening the account.

Several other transactions have been made using this credit card across the Northeast Tennessee region in Gray, Boones Creek, Johnson City, and Piney Flats. Additional online purchase were made using this credit card, with the items purchased allegedly being delivered to a vacant house on Conway Street in Kingsport. Further investigation has revealed that the suspect may have also opened a PayPal account in the victim’s name.

An overhead photo of the suspect, in the process of making his purchase at Wal-Mart, is included in this release. He appears to be a small framed, thin, white male, possibly in his 20s, with short dark hair and glasses.

Anyone who recognizes this individual 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:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit