KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Suspects in Theft of Purse from KATS Bus

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Searching for Suspects in Theft of Purse from KATS Bus
DATE: March 6, 2015
CASE #: 15-002725
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 10, 2015 at approximately 4:00 PM, a Kingsport resident boarded a Kingsport Area Transit Service (KATS) bus at Model City Apartments headed for Wal-Mart. After disembarking the bus, she realized that she had mistakenly left her purse on the bus. She went to the KATS office the next day and retrieved it; however, her wallet and cell phone were missing from the purse.

A check of surveillance video from the bus revealed two suspects in the theft. A heavy-set white female adult accompanied by what appears to be a younger (likely a juvenile) heavy-set light skinned black male boarded the bus and sat down next to the purse. The male was carrying a skateboard and wearing a black ball cap with a green “M” on it. On the video, the male can be seen rummaging through the purse while whispering to the female. He can then be observed putting an item in his pocket.

Due to the apparent minor age of the male suspect, his image is being withheld; however, a photo of the female suspect is included in this release. Anyone who recognizes her or the description of her male accomplice is asked to contact K.P.D. Detectives in the 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