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KPD continues search for church burglary suspect

Staff Report • Jul 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

KINGSPORT — Police are continuing to search for a man suspected of stealing law equipment from a Kingsport residence, then later breaking out the window of a church. On June 14 Kingsport police first asked for assistance from the public in locating Jeremy Stout, 28, last known address 1006 Laurelwood Drive. On Friday they reiterated the request — adding that Stout is "very much aware" of his warrants for burglary, vandalism and theft, and is actively avoiding authorities. According to Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton, on May 20 Stout threw a rock through a window at Holy Mountain Baptist Church, 3121 Ashley St. He then climbed a heat pump in an attempt to crawl inside, according to Patton, but fled when a burglary alarm activated. Just eight days prior to the church burglary attempt a resident of Nathan Street reportedly returned home to find Stout in their storage building. He is also believed to have attempted entry into the victim's home in that incident. A little over 24 hours later Stout reportedly returned to the scene, this time making away with a Cub Cadet push mower and DVD player. Patton says the mower was later recovered from Stout's residence. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact KPD detectives at (423) 229-9429, or dial central dispatch at (423) 246-9111.

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