Kingsport business owner charged with felony theft

Rain Smith • Jul 25, 2012 at 6:10 AM

A Kingsport business owner has been arrested for allegedly pocketing customers' payments on utility terrain vehicles, rather than passing money along to the manufacturer, prompting repossession of their UTVs.

Police learned of the incidents after one owner's vehicle was undergoing repairs at the suspect's business, Extreme Power Sports, and the manufacturer repossessed their UTV — along with the rest of the dealer's stock. Detectives say a preliminary investigation has identified approximately 10 additional incidents of the manufacturer not being compensated for vehicles sold.

Glen Allen Courtney Jr., 34, of 695 Westhills Drive, Rogersville, was arrested Tuesday by Kingsport police. He currently faces one count of felony theft of more than $10,000, with KPD Det. Martin Taylor says additional charges will be coming.

Allen is the owner of Extreme Power Sports, located off East Stone Drive at 105 Tyson Road. On July 19 Kingsport police were contacted by a woman who had bought a UTV from the business. A report on the incident says in March the victim purchased the vehicle, valued at $11,413, and paid it off in two payments. She told police that despite asking Extreme Power Sports for the title, Courtney failed to provide it.

On July 17 the woman transported the UTV to Courtney's business for repairs. The following day, according to a police report, employees told the owner that a repossession company had taken her UTV. Courtney's employees were reportedly cooperative with the victim, but couldn't provide, "reason that the vehicle was taken."

Det. Taylor says a second customer's UTV at the business was also repossessed, along with all of Courtney's stock of vehicles.

Further investigation by police reportedly revealed money Courtney had received from buyers had not been passed along to the UTV manufacturer, XY Powersports. Det. Taylor said Courtney's business had an agreement to pay XY for vehicles sold, but he appears to have instead pocketed their payments, never providing buyers with titles.

A warrant was obtained for Courtney's arrest and he met investigators Tuesday at the police department. He was arrested on one felony theft charge and released after posting bond. Police say Courtney is the only person of interest in the case with more charges pending.

Det. Taylor says there are between nine and 11 additional UTVs sold by Courtney under such circumstances. Anyone who suspects they have been victimized are asked to contact KPD detectives at (423) 229-9429.

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