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Man allegedly recants beating, robbery story after HCSO finds new evidence

Jeff Bobo • Nov 9, 2019 at 9:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who filed a police report Monday stating he had been beaten up by four men who then stole his friend’s pickup later allegedly admitted he had sold the truck and lied about the theft and assault.

A Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office investigation reportedly revealed that Victor John Arnold, 25, 302 Harmon Drive, Rogersville, had the truck towed two weeks earlier to a man who apparently bought it from him for parts.

HCSO Detective Brian Boggs stated in his report that on Monday Arnold made a report at the sheriff’s office stating that four men beat him up on North Thurman Road between 12:30 and 1 a.m. and then took a 1999 Dodge Ram.

The truck belongs to Dusty Maggard of Manchester, Tenn., who had reportedly left it with Arnold because he was working out of town.

Arnold reportedly told HCSO Cpl. Michael Godsey Monday the pickup could be located on Marlow Road, but when Godsey found the vehicle, he heard a different story about how it got there.

Boggs stated in his report that Jason Dellar, who had possession of the truck, showed Godsey text messages from Arnold giving him the truck for parts.

There was also documentation showing that the truck had been towed to Dellar two weeks earlier, Boggs added.

Upon being confronted with the evidence, Arnold allegedly admitted that he had lied about the theft.

“He stated that he was selling the wheels and tires for $1,000 and the lift kit off the truck to help make payments,” Boggs stated in his report. “Maggard stated that Arnold never had his consent to sell the vehicle or sell parts off the truck.”

Arnold was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges of theft over $2,500 and filing a false report.

His bond was set at $2,000, and his next court date was set for Jan. 13.

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