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Man, Teen Arrested After 'Stolen' Truck Report

Posted March 6, 2008

— A man and a teen are facing charges that they concocted a scheme to collect insurance for the theft of a truck that was never actually stolen.

On Feb. 27, William Wade Anderson III, 21, told police that someone stole his wallet, cell phone and 2007 Ford pickup truck while he was unloading trash into a dumpster, officers said.

Two days later, a Durham police detective saw someone driving the truck and called for assistance from additional officers.

The driver, 17-year-old Michael Lashawn Richardson, refused to stop for a Durham County sheriff’s deputy and instead drove off, stopping instead near the intersection of Obsidian Way and Thornwood Drive.

He fled into his residence in the 700 block of Obsidian Way, but surrendered a short time later, police said.

An investigation by Raleigh police detectives determined that a robbery did not occur. The reported theft of the truck was, instead, an attempt by Anderson to collect insurance funds through a cooperative effort with Richardson, police said.

Anderson was arrested on March 2 and charged with one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Richardson was arrested on March 5 on the same charge.


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  • djofraleigh Mar 7, 2008

    This is what makes my insurance so high. Half the cost of insurance is due to false or inflated claims.

  • suehorne58922 Mar 6, 2008

    I feel sorry for Mr. Anderson's family. I know his Mom did NOT raise him like this. She is a wonderful person. You have my prayers.

  • Glenn Miller Mar 6, 2008

    I love it when a plan comes together!!

  • Concerned Mar 6, 2008

    Wow, a lot of thought went into that caper.

  • haggis basher Mar 6, 2008

    "Youth, again, is wasted on the young."

    Indeed, but at least no intelligence was wasted on either of these guys.....

  • PaulRevere Mar 6, 2008

    Youth, again, is wasted on the young.

  • tiblet Mar 6, 2008

    as Fred Sanford would say, "You Big Dummy!"

  • HappyGirl08 Mar 6, 2008

    Susanbeth, if you know about this, why haven't you reported it to the police? Don't think I wouldn't. Especially when I have to work and save so that I can afford my car and the insurance it costs to protect it and me in the event of an accident.

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Mar 6, 2008

    Real Rocket Scientists.

  • krbrown0281 Mar 6, 2008

    "Uhh...have you seen my baseball". Brilliant plan guys!