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.

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


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