SCSO: Duo charged with false reports, insurance fraud and auto burglary

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The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office announced a pair of arrests from Friday, involving charges ranging from false insurance claims to using a fake credit card. 

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Michael Ryan Cox, age 46, of Dale View Drive in Blountville reported his 2006 Nissan Titan stolen from his residence on Dec. 28, 2018.

Investigators tell us that Cox said that he was not in town at the time and another family member noticed the truck was stolen and called him.  He reported the vehicle stolen to an officer by phone.

According to the report, the truck was recovered at a wrecker service storage lot in Johnson City on April 16. 

Detective Matt Harrison learned that the truck was towed from Wal Mart in Johnson City in December. 

Surveillance video from Wal Mart showed Michael Ryan Cox exiting the alleged stolen truck and walking into the store.

Investigators say Cox was interviewed in late April about the alleged vehicle theft. 

According to police Cox 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.

A Sullivan County detective said he also spoke with Michael Cox’s vehicle insurance provider.  The insurance company also advised that Cox told them the vehicle was stolen from his yard.

Cox was charged with false reports and false or fraudulent insurance claims.  He was released on Friday after making a $1,000 bond.


In a press released issued from the department, Jonathan Ketron, of Bristol, was also charged with auto burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.  He remains in the Sullivan County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

According to police, Sergeant Matt Price, to identified Jonathan Preston Ketron as the suspect in the incident.  Ketron was interviewed on Friday and admitted to using the stolen credit card and having knowledge of the auto burglary.

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