Kingsport burglar snatches post office packages, video evidence

Rain Smith • Mar 21, 2019 at 3:13 PM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

March 19

At 11 a.m., a Rogersville resident reported an unknown woman had entered her mobile home. A responding deputy spotted the suspect staggering down nearby Terrace Drive, where questioning revealed she was making little sense and “just kept talking about her kids.” She also popped a pill into her mouth before the officer could intervene, swallowing what she claimed was just a sinus pill. She was arrested for public intoxication.

March 20

— A woman filed a complaint about her neighbor’s dog, with police noting that the animal running loose is an ongoing issue. Listed among its latest offenses were digging up newly planted flowerbeds and knocking down children as they played outside. The dog also prevents lawn maintenance by “trying to get on the mower or stands in front of it.”

— A Rogersville man called police about an alleged home invasion. According to his account, two unknown males burst in and abruptly attacked, leading to him blacking out “for about seven hours.” Nothing was determined to be missing from the home, and no information about the suspects was provided.

Kingsport Police Department

March 19

At 6 p.m., a 911 caller reported an erratic motorist traveling from Clinchfield Street to Holston Valley Medical Center. Along the way, the suspect hit a traffic cone and stop sign and was driving on sidewalks. Police found the abandoned vehicle outside the emergency room, while the suspect was inside seeking treatment. He claimed to have fallen down a set of stairs, adding that someone else transported him to the hospital. Further investigation revealed he had been behind the wheel, did not have a license and was wanted for violation of probation. After being cleared by medical staff, he was arrested on numerous charges.

March 20

A burglary was reported at a courier business on East Stone Drive. Employees advised that overnight, someone had entered through an unlocked bay door, then made away with several packages from the post office. The exact contents and values of the parcels were not known, but all of the packages were returns en route to their manufacturers. Police note that motion-activated cameras should have recorded the crime. However, any potential video was not immediately available, as the suspect also stole the security system’s control panel and monitor.