Blountville man charged with false report about stolen truck

Matthew Lane • May 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A 46-year-old Blountville man, who told sheriff’s deputies several different stories about how his truck was stolen, was arrested on Friday and charged with making a false report about the alleged theft.

Michael Ryan Cox of Dale View Drive was arrested on Friday and charged with making false reports and false/fraudulent insurance claims in connection to a report he made in December 2018. Cox was released on Friday after making a $1,000 bond.

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Cox reported his 2006 Nissan Titan stolen from his residence on Dec. 28, 2018. Cox claimed he was not in town at the time of the theft and another family member noticed the truck stolen and called him about it.

On April 16, the truck was recovered at a wrecker service storage lot in Johnson City. Detectives with the SCSO learned that the truck was towed from a Walmart in Johnson City on Dec. 28.

Surveillance video from Walmart showed Cox exiting the alleged stolen truck and walking into the store, the SCSO reports.

Cox was interviewed about the alleged vehicle theft last month and provided several different stories as to where the vehicle was stolen from, along with denying telling law enforcement that the truck had been stolen from his Blountville residence.

Further investigation found that representatives from Cox’s insurance company advised that Cox told them the vehicle was stolen from his yard.

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