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Kingsport police nab woman accused of car theft, using stolen debit card

October 20th, 2013 8:55 pm by Jeff Bobo

Kingsport police nab woman accused of car theft, using stolen debit card

Kristi Blizzard

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport woman who allegedly stole a car last week and then ran up an $1,100 bill at the Stone Drive Walmart using the victim’s debit card was arrested Friday at that same Walmart with a shopping cart full of merchandise.

Police said Kristi Blizzard, 38, 659 1/2 Branch St., Kingsport, had no way of paying for the merchandise in her cart Friday.

The stolen vehicle, a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, was recovered undamaged on Jared Drive in Kingsport around the same time Blizzard was being arrested at Walmart.

Shortly after Kingsport police released Walmart surveillance video on Oct. 16, detectives received tips from numerous law enforcement and non-law enforcement sources identifying Blizzard as the suspect.

According to a report released by KPD public information officer Tom Patton, around 11:30 p.m. Friday KPD Detective Martin Taylor located Blizzard at the Stone Drive Walmart in Kingsport.

As KPD Officer Bobby Lawson attempted to place Blizzard under arrest, she allegedly tried to pull away.

“When her initial escape effort proved unsuccessful, she began kicking Officer Lawson in the leg,” Patton stated in his report. “She then escalated her assault on Officer Lawson by digging her fingernails into his leg. She was eventually brought under control and taken into custody.” 

At the time of her arrest Blizzard was allegedly in possession of three yellow tablets, identified as clonazepam.

Her original charges included theft over $10,000, theft over $500, five counts of identity theft, and five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Following her arrest Friday at Walmart she was additionally charged with resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, and simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics.

Sometime during the early morning hours of Oct. 16, a silver 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe four-door hatchback vehicle was stolen from a residence at 406 Roller St. in Kingsport.

At the time of the theft, the vehicle was unlocked and a spare key to the vehicle was inside.

Also inside the vehicle was the victim’s wallet containing, among other items, a debit card.

Surveillance video showed that on the same date at approximately 5:30 a.m., the vehicle was driven to the Stone Drive Walmart where the stolen debit card was allegedly used by Blizzard.

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