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Man charged with vandalism of Kingsport church property

October 28th, 2013 2:12 pm by Rain Smith

Man charged with vandalism of Kingsport church property

Randall Eugene Robbins

Kingsport police have arrested a man for allegedly throwing bricks through the glass windows of a former downtown church.

The incident occurred Sunday at the Woodyard Center on East Church Circle. The building is owned by First Broad Street United Methodist Church and held services up until 1969.

At approximately 7 p.m., dispatch was alerted to a suspicious man in the area. A police report says a witness spotted the individual "throw a water hose over a fence at the back of the church," then heard glass breaking.

A responding officer  located a man, later identified as Randall Eugene Robbins, 54, sitting on stairs in front of a shattered window. Two additional windows were also found broken, with police saying Robbins had used bricks to cause the damage.

Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton says it's currently not known why Robbins vandalized the facility. Police report the estimated cost to repair the windows is $1,000.

Robbins, whose address is listed as the Salvation Army on Dale Street, was arrested and charged with vandalism of more than $500.

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