Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

18-year-old Lawrence man accused of making false theft report

April 10, 2012, 9:20 a.m. Updated April 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.


Lawrence police arrested an 18-year-old Lawrence man early Tuesday accusing him of falsely reporting an armed robbery in northern Lawrence.

The man called officers about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to a residence in the 400 block of John Doy Court, near Peterson Road and Kasold Drive, to report that armed men wearing ski masks stole a flat-screen television.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman, said officers determined during interviews that the armed suspects were never present and did not take the TV. The man, Ryan M. Glasscox, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of obstruction, falsely reporting a crime and theft greater than $1,000.

“The caller had other motivations for reporting the theft and was not the actual owner of the TV,” McKinley said. “Based on his actions and the severity of the reported crime, he was arrested by officers.”

Douglas County prosecutors later Tuesday charged Glasscox with misdemeanor obstruction, and a judge set his bond at $1,000. His next hearing is scheduled for April 24.


ksjayhawk74 5 years, 11 months ago

“The caller had other motivations for reporting the theft and was not the actual owner of the TV,”

So he was borrowing the TV, maybe from a friend and he was renting it from a Rent-to-own place.

Hide the TV. Report the TV as stolen. Barring unforeseen circumstances, you should now have a free TV!!!

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 11 months ago

assuming this 18 year old was a renter, and not a home owner, he could also be playing the following insurance fraud game.

Step one: Buy renters insurance (cheap).
Step Two: Report robbery and cite items as stolen that never really existed.
Step Three: Collect insurance check in the replacement amount of the items stolen.
Step Four: Go and finally buy the items you've always wanted, but never could afford.

motoadventure 5 years, 11 months ago

John Doy Court is one of the streets that is predominantly CLO homes for teens/adults, which makes me wonder if an employee tried to get a free TV or if they arrested an individual with disability.

Benthic 5 years, 11 months ago

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