BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — A Blountville man was charged with fraud following an investigation into a reported auto burglary, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

A news release states on Dec. 26, Michael Ryan Cox, age 46, of Dale View Drive in Blountville reported his 2006 Nissan Titan as being stolen from his residence. Cox stated that a family member noticed the truck was stolen while he was out of town and called him. He reported the vehicle stolen to an officer by phone, according to the release.

The truck was recovered on April 16 at a wrecker service storage lot in Johnson City. Detective Matt Harrison learned that the truck was towed from Walmart in Johnson City on Dec. 28. Surveillance video showed Cox exiting the alleged stolen truck and walking in to the store.

Cox was interviewed about the alleged vehicle theft April 24. The release states he provided several different stories as to where the vehicle was stolen from and denied telling the reporting officer that the truck had been stolen from his residence in Blountville.

Detective Harrison also spoke with Cox’s vehicle insurance provider. The insurance company also advised that Cox told them the vehicle was stolen from his yard, according to the release.

Michael Cox was arrested Friday and charged with false reports and false or fraudulent insurance claims. He was released later that day on a $1,000 bond.

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