KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Stress Prevention Measures in Light of Multiple Reported Motor Vehicle Thefts

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Stress Prevention Measures in Light of Multiple Reported Motor Vehicle Thefts
DATE: July 31, 2015
CASE #: 15-016347

15-016348

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GENERAL NARRATIVE
In light of multiple recently reported motor vehicle thefts, the Kingsport Police Department continues to stress utilizing basic crime prevention measures.

Sometime between the evening of July 29 and the morning of July 30, 2015, a red 1997 Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a residence in the 2300 block of Inglewood Drive in Kingsport. The vehicle had been left unattended all night.

On July 30, 2015, at approximately 2:30 PM, a silver and black 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was stolen from a residence in the 1000 block of West Sullivan Street in Kingsport. The vehicle had been left unattended for twenty minutes.

On July 30, 2015 at approximately 11:30 PM, a blue 2000 Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Fairmont Avenue in Kingsport. The vehicle had been left unattended for five minutes.

In all three of these motor vehicle thefts, the doors of the vehicle had been left unlocked, and the keys to the vehicle had been left in the ignition.

Such has unfortunately been a recurring theme with crimes of this nature. In the vast majority of motor vehicle thefts reported to the Kingsport Police Department, the doors had been left unlocked and the keys had been left in the ignition. And in the vast majority of auto burglaries reported to K.P.D., the doors had been left unlocked and/or an item of obvious value had been left in plain view. The K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division is dedicating a great deal of time and manpower investigating these easily preventable crimes and searching for stolen property.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the extreme importance of locking doors and removing the keys as well as any tempting items of value whenever a vehicle is left unattended, even if it is for a very brief period of time. It only takes a few seconds to steal or burglarize a vehicle, especially when it is left unlocked with the keys in the ignition. K.P.D. also stresses that a child should NEVER be left in an unattended vehicle.

Anyone who may know the location of any of these three stolen vehicles or who may have any information which may help Detectives solves these cases is asked to contact 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