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Auto thefts lead to arrests

Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 30, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Car stolen for crusher: Two Johnson City men were arrested Tuesday on allegations they stole a hospitalized woman’s car and took it to be crushed for scrap money. The incident happened in October while the unnamed victim was in the hospital. During that time, her Subaru Impreza was stolen from a West Highland Road residence, according to a Johnson City Police Department press release. Dino Austin, 46, 502 Magnolia Ave., and Timothy Ricker, 55, 204 E. Watauga Ave., were both charged with auto theft over $1,000. Police said the men sold the vehicle for scrap at Davis Recycling. Both were being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $1,000 bond each. They were scheduled for arraignment in Sessions Court Thursday.

Auto Theft: While patrolling the Walmart parking lot Tuesday night, a Johnson City Police Department officer saw a spray painted Honda Civic. The spray paint apparently raised suspicion, and when the officer ran the tag they discovered  the car had been reported stolen in Washington County. Nathan Wells, 28, 246 Monarch Court, was in possession of the vehicle and charged with one count of theft of property over $1,000. Wells was arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. His arraignment was set for Wednesday in Washington County Sessions Court.

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