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Facebook posts lead to Kingsport theft arrest

May 16th, 2014 1:54 pm by Rain Smith

Facebook posts lead to Kingsport theft arrest

Kristopher B. Kincer, 31

EDITOR'S NOTE: This case was heard in Kingsport General Sessions Court in late October, with charges against Kincer dismissed at that time. 


A Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly stealing more than $5,000 worth of property — including furniture, rare coins and 60-year-old comic books — then posting them for sale on his personal Facebook page.

Kristopher B. Kincer, 31, of 3109 Tiffany Court, is charged with aggravated burglary and felony theft. According to a Kingsport Police Department incident report, the victim called police at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

He said he was in the process of moving out of an apartment on Barnett Drive, discovering the items missing when he returned to his former residence. A police report lists 28 separate types of items as stolen, ranging from multiple pieces of electronic items and tools to a Hank Williams painting and fishing equipment.

The police report also identifies nearly $3,000 worth of missing collectibles: baseball cards, vintage comic books, coins and vinyl records.

Upon speaking with the property's landlord, police learned she had previously spotted Kincer removing items from the back porch. She reportedly told Kincer not to visit the apartment, then later looked at his Facebook account to see he had "posted the stolen items for sale."

Officers visited Kincer's residence on Tiffany Court. He allegedly claimed that a "skinny" person — whom he did not know, but had allegedly helped the victim move — told him he could have anything that was left behind at the apartment.

Kincer let police inside his residence and turned over most of the stolen items, advising the others had already been sold. He was then arrested and transported to the city jail.

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