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Would-be burglar uses smoke bombs outside Kingsport jewelry store

Wes Bunch • Jul 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport police say they are searching for a suspect who used homemade smoke bombs to hide his or her identity early Saturday morning during an unsuccessful burglary attempt at a jewelry store.

All but one of the smoke bombs failed to ignite, although the one that did work managed to create a large amount of smoke, police said.

According to the KPD, the attempted burglary took place on July 27 at approximately 3:15 a.m. at the Diamond Exchange, located at 1901 Fort Henry Dr.

The suspect reportedly drove a black Ford Mustang into the store’s parking lot before rolling down a window and igniting and scattering several of the homemade smoke bombs on the ground.

Once on the scene, police reportedly found a broken window on the side of the building where the suspect tried unsuccessfully to enter.

Authorities said they were able to capture still images of the suspect’s car, and the smoke devices, from the Diamond Exchange’s surveillance footage.

Although the incident occurred during the early morning hours, authorities said it is likely some witnesses in the area may have noticed the large cloud of smoke.

Anyone with additional information on the attempted burglary is asked to contact KPD Criminal Investigations Division at (423) 229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at (423) 246-9111.

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