Man charged with stealing car, having it crushed

KINGPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A Kingsport man has ended a dispute over a car with crushing finality.

Police charged Robbert N. Owens with theft when he told them he stole a car he had sold to another man and recycled it. In a statement to Kingsport Police, Owens said the buyer still owed him money on the vehicle, which sold for $1,200.

Owens said when he didn't get the rest of his money, he stole the car and had it crushed at Kingsport Auto Recyclers, according to The Kingsport Times-News.

Police confirmed the theft victim had obtained a title upon which he had borrowed money from a Titlemax office.

Owens was released on bond Monday from the Kingsport City Jail, which has no record of whether he has an attorney.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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