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KPD: Twister turns up stolen goods at destroyed home

July 29th, 2014 12:05 am by Rain Smith

KPD: Twister turns up stolen goods at destroyed home

Jerrod L. Christian, 26, of 1912 Rock Springs Road, Kingsport

KINGSPORT — Sunday evening's Sullivan County tornado revealed more than the devastating side of nature, according to police, but also nearly $2,000 worth of goods recently stolen in Kingsport burglaries.

The discovery was made by a resident of Rock Springs Road who ran to his neighbor's home after witnessing it being leveled by the storm. He reportedly found no one present among the debris — but did spot an air compressor recently stolen from his own barn.

As of Monday night, Jerrod L. Christian, 26, of 1912 Rock Springs Road, had pending charges on two counts of burglary, one count of theft over $500 and one count of theft over $1,000. He was questioned on Monday at the Sullivan County jail in Blountville, said Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton.

Christian has been jailed since his arrest in a separate incident, which occurred the day prior to the tornado. According to a KPD arrest report, at 5:20 p.m. Saturday officers were requested for a standby at a residence on Rock Springs Road. The complainant stated her boyfriend had taken her van without permission.

While on the scene, police reportedly observed the woman's vehicle pull up and stop, with Christian exiting and returning the woman's keys. When Christian wanted to retrieve his personal possessions from the van, police advised that they would get the items for him.

The KPD report states that officers told Christian on three separate occasions to step away from the van, but he allegedly ignored their commands. After allegedly yelling that one of the officer's was a "smart-a-- m———--," Christian was charged with disorderly conduct.

According to the officer's arrest report, Christian made multiple threats while being transported to jail: "He was going to stomp my teeth out, stomp my mother's teeth out and rape my children." Those threats led to an additional charge of retaliation for past actions.

The next day, powerful storms blew through Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, with Christian's home incurring the most damage from an EF-1 tornado. 

Patton said a neighbor of Christian's observed the destruction, then ran to render any needed aid after the storm had subsided.

That's when the victim, according to police, spotted an air compressor he had reported as stolen in a barn burglary just the previous day. Kingsport detectives subsequently searched the debris, allegedly finding additional possessions stolen from Christian's neighbor in a separate burglary from July 14.

Police identified those items as an air hose, ratchet, welder and weed trimmer. 

On Monday evening, Christian remained held in the Sullivan County jail due to Saturday's arrest, with charges to be placed in the alleged burglaries.

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