Former KHRA learning center coordinator charged with theft

Former KHRA learning center coordinator charged with theft (Image 1)

The former coordinator of Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s Holly Hills Learning Center is now charged with stealing more than $1,000 worth of items that belonged to the center.

We first told you about the investigation last month. According to police records, Kingsport police arrested Amber Collins early Sunday morning and charged her with theft over $1,000.

The housing authority filed a police report on May 1st that said prior to the agency dismissing Collins, she gave away property that belonged to the learning center, including toys, books, a shredder, folding chairs, a thermometer and much more.

Collins, a former AmeriCorps worker, told us today she doesn’t feel like she did anything wrong.

“I was doing my job,” she said when reached by phone Monday. “I was taking care of Holly Hills Learning Center. Everything that was given out was donated to the center for the kids and that’s who I gave it to.”

The Holly Hills Learning Center remains temporarily closed.

“The investigation is being led by the Kingsport Police Department and the housing authority is cooperating fully,” KHRA spokesperson Sharon Hayes said. “Due to the investigation the center remains closed.”

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