Police search for burglary suspect accused of driving car into Kingsport store

Rain Smith • Oct 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Police are continuing to search for a Johnson City man suspected of busting his way into Kingsport gas station with a car three months ago, fleeing with money from the in-store ATM.

In August the Times-News reported the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office had issued an arrest warrant for Eddie Albert Fink Sr., 44, last known address of 7 Trivett Concourse, Apartment 3. A Thursday press release from the SCSO says has been charged with burglary in the July 5 incident at a Sunoco, 5670 Fort Henry Drive, with police seeking information from the public on his whereabouts.

Police say an alarm sounded at the convenience store at approximately 1:30 a.m., with officers arriving to find a large section of glass busted out of the front of the store. A manager responded and noted an ATM beside the broken window had been tampered with.

SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says investigators found a section of the machine, which contained cash for transactions, had been removed and stolen. Detectives processing the scene discovered what appeared to be vehicle debris, gold in color, on the ground beside the broken window.

A police report states an individual passing the market stopped to tell police they had earlier observed a car, which appeared to be a Saturn, "sitting sideways" in front of the building. Approximately two hours after the alarm sounded an officer spotted a gold Saturn, with damage to the front and rear, passing the store.

The report says a stop was conducted with "several pieces of large glass" found on the vehicle. The inside of the car was also allegedly covered in glass, while blood was on the driver's side.

Three people inside the vehicle were detained and transported to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. They were interviewed and released, with police determining they weren't in the car when the burglary occurred. Subsequent investigation has identified Fink as the suspect.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (423) 279-7500, or visitwww.scsotn.com

and click the tip submit icon on the left side of the page.

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