Police: Suspect impersonates victim to get charges dropped

Nick Shepherd • Aug 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

An alleged car thief called Sullivan County police impersonating the victim and said she didn’t want to press charges against herself, according to a police report.

Jennifer L. Cook, 31, Fort Henry Drive, was arrested on Aug. 9 and charged with theft over $1,000, identity theft and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

The incident began on Aug. 7 when the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told officers Cook had taken her vehicle without her permission three days before and had not returned it, the police report stated.

After an investigation, officers learned the vehicle had been found in a parking lot and had been towed until the owner could be located.

Two days later on Aug. 9, detectives received a call from a woman claiming to be the victim. The caller stated that Cook did not actually steal her vehicle and she did not wish to press charges against Cook. She also said she needed the detective to release a hold on the vehicle so she could pick it up.

A short time later, detectives received a call from the actual victim claiming Cook had been impersonating her. Further investigation revealed that Cook was impersonating the victim, the report stated.

Warrants, charging her with theft over $1,000 and identity theft, were issued for Cook’s arrest and she was located a few hours later where she was taken into custody.

Upon searching Cook, officers located two glass pipes with residue and a syringe, prompting an unlawful drug paraphernalia charge.

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