Police search for suspects in KUB payment center burglary

Police search for suspects that burglarized the KUB payment center on Asheville Highway

It happened around 6:30 a.m. on the 4200 block of Asheville Highway. It happened around 6:30 a.m. on the 4200 block of Asheville Highway.
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Police are searching for the suspects that burglarized a Knoxville Utilities Board payment center on Monday morning.

The burglary happened around 6:30 a.m. on the 4200 block of Asheville Highway.

The Knoxville Police Department tells 6 News they are currently looking for two suspects as they review surveillance video of the incident from the KUB payment center and a Fountain City church.

Police say the suspects broke the front door window of the payment center and then removed a self-service payment kiosk from the scene by using a stolen van from Fountain City United Methodist Church.

Senior Pastor Randy Frye of Fountain City United Methodist Church told 6 News he received a call around 10 a.m. saying that the church's van was stolen.

"The sense of violation that someone took something that belonged to you for their purposes without permission. That's the first thing you deal with," said Frye.

He later learned that the white utility van was part of a crime scene involving two people breaking into a KUB payment center on Asheville Highway. Frye says the van is typically used for church maintenance projects.

Knoxville police say the two people used the white van as their getaway car. Investigators later found it abandoned with the empty kiosk in the back on South Wooddale Road. 

"It sounds like they had a plan. I would like to say that I'm surprised. I am not. I am not because people often feel desperate," said Frye.  

Others that attend Fountain City United Methodist are surprised about the incident.

"It's a little scary that it's in your own neighborhood. We don't like to think of things like this happening in our backyard," said Kathy Harrington who attends the church  

 Now the church is rethinking their security plans in light of the incident. 

"No matter what you do, someone who is looking to do harm or looking to steal, they'll find ways that they think will be successful," said Frye. 

The amount of cash contained in the kiosk is currently unknown. KUB says that customers who used the kiosk should not be concerned as all payments it received were recorded electronically.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Knoxville police crime and drug hotline at 215-7212.
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