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Two arrested after allegedly cutting copper pipes from Kingsport shopping center

April 27th, 2010 12:00 am by Rain Smith

Two men have been arrested after allegedly cutting more than $3,000 worth of copper pipes from the ceiling of a Kingsport shopping center.


A Kingsport police report says officers were called to Parkway Plaza, 708 Lynn Garden Drive, at about 10:45 Monday morning. Someone checking on one of the businesses reported hearing, "noises that he thought were subjects cutting piping in the back of the warehouse," according to the report.


The responding officer says two men were found in an electrical closet. One was allegedly on the second floor of the closet with a flashlight, while the other was on the floor with a hacksaw.


The officer reports several pieces of pipe were outside the room, while inside a nearby walk-in cooler, "a fire had been built to burn off insulation." Police also report finding a backpack full of various tools.


Entry was allegedly found to have been made through a front door, where a chain had been cut. The property's manager responded to the scene, reporting the suspects did not have permission to be in the building or to take anything.


Joey E. Cunningham, 36, and Jason W. Tunnell, 36, have been arrested and charged with burglary, theft of more than $500 and vandalism of more than $500. Police list their addresses as the streets of Kingsport.


Police valued the copper pipes that were cut away at $3,000, while additional pipe that was damaged was valued at $1,500.

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