Kingsport Police Department officers are currently searching for two men following an investigation into the theft of multiple vehicles at a city business.
According to a KPD news release, officers responded to J and J Auto Sales, 3001 N. John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport, on Friday around 8:30 a.m. in reference to the vehicle thefts and found that the suspects had cut open a section of the chain-link fencing and had taken five vehicles – a 2014 gray Jeep Compass, a 2004 silver Chevrolet Impala, a 2003 black Honda Civic, a 2002 silver Honda Accord and a 1998 brown Chevrolet Blazer.
KPD detectives reviewed surveillance video from area businesses that showed two men – later identified as Michael Shane Myers, 19, 2846 Ashley St., and Daniel A. Smith, 20, 991 Kinsler Ave. – arriving at the business around 3:15 a.m. in a light color Honda and a dark colored Honda, cut the fence and making three separate trips to and from the business to take the five vehicles.
The keys for the vehicles had reportedly been left inside the cars.
According to the release, police went to Stratford Apartments, 1433 Stratford Road, where two of the stolen vehicles were recovered, as well as Miller Village Apartments, 3838 Eastline Drive, where the other three vehicles were found.
Detectives located the suspect’s vehicle parked next to one of the stolen vehicles at Miller Village Apartments, where they saw burglary tools – a pair of bolt cutters and a screwdriver – and multiple sets of car keys inside the vehicle.
The dark colored Honda suspect’s vehicle was found parked behind Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 145 Shipp Springs Road.
The vehicle was a 1993 Honda Accord, which had been reported as stolen from a home on Greenway Street on Dec. 8.
Detectives developed Myers and Smith as suspects and on Monday warrants were obtained, charging them each with theft over $10,000, five counts of theft over $1,000 and vandalism over $500.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Myers and Smith is asked to call KPD Criminal Investigations Division at 229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 246-9111.
To submit a tip anonymously, visit http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback.
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