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When You Try to Beat the System, Sometimes the System Beats You Back

Darrell Dishon Jones, 35, called police to say his car had been stolen. Worse, he allegedly reported, his 6-year-old cousin was asleep in the back seat. Police in Houston, Texas, put out an “Amber Alert” for the missing Lincoln Navigator, and brought in the FBI. As the hours ticked by, officers got more worried — until they noticed that Jones was more concerned about his car than his “cousin Kevin” in the back. “As the day went on, it was becoming clear this was a hoax,” said a detective. Jones falsely claimed a child was involved “to get his car back quicker.” Jones was arrested on charges of filing a false crime report, a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. (RC/Houston Chronicle) ...That car is going to depreciate a lot in that amount of time.
Original Publication Date: 21 March 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.

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