Woman leads police on search for bogus Kingsport 'bombs'

Rain Smith • May 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

It's not a good idea to fabricate stories when speaking to police — especially if you're already booked into jail for stealing a rental vehicle.

But if you really want to up the ante, throw in claims of planting bombs across two separate counties in Northeast Tennessee, forcing local law enforcement to call in the FBI while searching for explosives that don't exist.

An Erwin woman allegedly carried out such a hoax over the past week, prompting her Thursday arrest on charges of filing a false police report. She was taken into custody as she appeared in Kingsport court for her previous motor vehicle theft arrest. According to Kingsport police records, an area manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car contacted investigators on April 1. He stated that on March 1 Nancy L. Dull, 50, had rented a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 from the chain's East Stone Drive location. It was reportedly due back three days later, but had yet to be returned. On Saturday, May 4, police received information that Dull and the truck would be at HealthSouth on Cassell Drive. The vehicle was located in the parking lot, according to an arrest report, while Dull was found visiting someone in the facility. She's alleged to have initially denied knowing anything about the truck when confronted by police, but then admitted to driving the vehicle and handed over the keys. Dull, of 185 Golf Course Road, Erwin, was arrested and transported to the Sullivan County jail. While incarcerated in Blountville early Sunday morning, Dull reportedly stated that she had, "made some bombs." She allegedly claimed to have placed them at multiple locations in Unicoi County and Kingsport, with police then transporting her to the city. Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says Unicoi authorities were also advised of her statements. According to KPD records, officers responded to the pair of locations where Dull said the explosives would be located. But when K9s swept the addresses on Dale Street and Patton Street, nothing suspicious was located.FBI agents visited the Kingsport Justice Center to interview Dull, at which time she allegedly confessed there were no bombs. She was then booked back into the Blountville jail.On Thursday Sullivan County deputies transported Dull to Kingsport General Sessions court, where she was scheduled to appear on the motor vehicle theft charge. While there she was additionally charged with filing a false police report. As of Friday morning she remained held in the Sullivan County Justice Center on a $7,500 bond.

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