KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Kingsport Police Department officers have identified a suspect wanted for the burglary of a local theatre on Tuesday.
Volunteers at Lamp Light Theatre were busy making spaghetti deliveries in the Tri-Cities, which they hope will raise enough money to send over 100 kids, who expect to go to camp next Sunday.
“We probably have sponsorship for about half the kids now,” said Billy Arrington, president of LampLight Theatre.
According to KPD news release, LampLight Theatre representatives told police Wednesday morning that a burglary had occurred on July 4, after realizing a safe — containing several hundred dollars in cash, a check for $3,500 and a Lowe’s credit card — had been stolen.
The money stolen was intended to provide summer camp to children who otherwise would not get to go. “Some of these kids have lost both of their parents, some don’t have their fathers in their home, single parent homes,” Arrington said “Some have been in trouble with the law, we have some with special needs.”
Arrington told the kids regardless of the situation, he will get them to camp. “It’s all good, we are going to get you to camp,” Arrington said. “You don’t need to worry about it because God is bigger.” Arrington had one message to the suspects who stole the money. “We just pray that your heart will be touched and you realize what you need to do, the right thing to do and contact us,” Arrington said. “Contact me personally, I’ll go with you to the police station if that will help, we just want you to know no one here is angry with you.”
Since the time of the burglary, one of the suspects has reportedly illegally altered a stolen check, made it payable to himself and cashed it at an area bank. Several items totaling over $1,000 have also been charged to the stolen Lowe’s credit card.
Police and LampLight employees reviewed surveillance footage, and several employees recognized one of the two suspects as Ridgemond A. Mosley, 26, of Kingsport.
Employees knew Mosley and said he had fallen on hard times, and that they had helped him in the past.
Detectives have since obtained a warrant charging Mosley with burglary, theft over $2,500.
Mosley is still at large.
Anyone who may know where Mosley is or can identify the second suspect is asked to call detectives at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 246-9111.
To submit a tip anonymously, visit https://www.kingsporttn.gov.city-services/police-department/contact-us.
KPD officials said the investigation remains active and ongoing, with additional charges pending.
If you would like to sponsor to send a kid to camp, you can visit the LampLight Theatre website here.
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