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Kingsport store burglar dials 911 to report crime

Rain Smith • Jan 3, 2018 at 12:51 PM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 28

A Blountville woman called police to her home after hearing a man outside “howling like a dog.” No suspect was located.

Kingsport Police Department

Dec. 27

— As a patrol officer traveled East Center Street, two cars passed at a high rate of speed. During a traffic stop on the vehicles, a female driver claimed the other motorist had intentionally rammed the rear of her vehicle and she was trying to get away. The suspect initially denied her claim, but after seeing damage to the front of his vehicle, he “quickly changed his statement.” He then explained that he’s a drug addict and had given a passenger in the other car money for Subutex, which she failed to obtain. He was then arrested on multiple charges, including reckless endangerment and DUI.

— Police were called to a home where a man had stopped taking his prescribed medication, then locked himself in a bathroom. He claimed to have a firearm and said, “You’re going to have to shoot me.” After asking “Are you ready? Here I come,” he exited the bathroom with his hand in his waistband, yelling that he had a gun. When he attempted to run away, he tripped, fell and hit his head on a doorframe, then was subdued and arrested for assaulting police. No weapon was located.

Dec. 29

A man was jailed on a warrant for an incident that occurred two weeks prior. That’s when a woman in McDonald’s looked out to see him kicking and hitting her car, eventually breaking out a driver’s side window. A review of surveillance video helped identify the suspect — who reportedly “may have been upset over a road rage incident” — and led to charges of felony vandalism.

Dec. 31

At 3:20 a.m., a caller told Central Dispatch that he had broken the window of a convenience store in Rock Springs, then entered to drink some beer. A responding officer found the market ransacked and the suspect still on scene. He “calmly” told police how he had burglarized the business, adding that he was homeless and cold and “wanted to go somewhere warm.” He was arrested and booked into the city jail. Damages to the store were estimated at more than $1,000.

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