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Kingsport police seeking suspect in church burglary

Wes Bunch • Jun 15, 2013 at 3:57 AM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport police are searching for a suspect they say is wanted in connection with the burglary of a church last month and at least one other city residence.

According to the Kingsport Police Department, investigators identified Jeremy Stout, 28, last known address 1006 Laurelwood Drive, Kingsport, as a suspect in three break-ins, including one that took place May 20 at Holy Mountain Baptist Church.

Authorities said they identified Stout as the main suspect in the break-ins after droplets of blood were found near broken glass at the church, which is located on Ashley Street.

After learning Stout’s identity, authorities executed a search warrant on Stout’s residence, where they allegedly found evidence linking him to the church break-in.

During the search, authorities also allegedly found evidence linking Stout to the burglary of a Nathan Street residence.

The first incident occurred May 13, when the home’s owner returned to his residence and interrupted a burglar attempting to force entry into the house. Police were called to the same residence the following day after the owner noticed a Cub Cadet lawnmower had been stolen from his outbuilding.

Stout is wanted by the KPD on three counts of burglary, one count of attempted aggravated burglary and two counts of theft over $500 and vandalism over $500.

Anyone with information on Stout’s whereabouts is asked to contact Kingsport police at 246-9111.

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