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Kingsport Police looking for suspected thief

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Oct 18 2013 03:37:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 03:37:45 PM CDT

Kingsport Police tell News 5 they are looking for a suspect who stole a Hyundai Santa Fe hatchback and then used a debit card found inside the owner's wallet, which was left in the vehicle.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Kingsport police are still searching for a woman who they say stole someone's car and wallet and then went on a shopping spree.

Detectives showed us surveillance video that clearly shows the woman's face.

The suspect is a white, slim, dark haired woman who police say is in her 20's.

Early Wednesday morning, Kingsport police say a stolen sports utility vehicle (SUV) drove up to the Walmart on West Stone Dr.

"Sometime around 5:30 this morning a debit card that was in the wallet was used at Walmart," said Thomas Patton, the Kingsport Police Department spokesperson.

The woman bought a television and DVD player then left the store with a full cart.

Police say she didn't stop there and used the card again.

"For multiple transactions totaling about $1,100 dollars," Patton told us.

They know the suspect used at least one debit card based on transaction statements, said Patton.

They told us they're still waiting for statements from a second card the victim said is also being used.

The surveillance video shows that once the suspect finished shopping, she took the items to an SUV.

The vehicle also wasn't hers, Patton told us.

"Apparently they were able to get the spare key and steal the vehicle," he said.

Detectives told us the woman found the car unlocked, with the spare key inside, along with a wallet with the debit card in it.

They think the suspect took the car from outside the victim's apartment on Roller St., in Kinsport, said Patton.

"The main thing in this case is we have an unlocked car with a spare key to the car in the vehicle and we can't have that in today's day and age," Patton told us. "We need to be aware that crime does happen, theft does happen, and we've got to take those extra steps to lock the cars and not keep the keys to the vehicle in them."

The vehicle is a silver, 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.

It has a Tennessee license plate with the number J4317E.

Kingsport police told us they are still trying to locate the woman and the SUV.

They ask that if you see her or the vehicle, that you call detectives at (423)-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at (423)- 246-9111.