Suspects Apprehended: Dumped Pickup in River, Claimed it Was Stolen

June 16, 2005

Three Warner Robins, Ga. suspects have been apprehended and accused of allegedly driving a truck into the Flint River in Crawford County and then claiming it was stolen.

Lindsey James Adams, 24, of Warner Robins, Ga. and Clifford “C.J.” Jackson Jr. 24, of Byron, Ga., have been apprehended for assisting Felix Thorn, 25, of Warner Robins, in a scheme to file a fraudulent insurance claim.

Thorn allegedly reported that his 1998 Chevrolet 1500 pickup had been stolen July 26 from the road in front of his home in the gated community of Huntington Hills off Wellborn Road in Warner Robins.
Later, police got a tip that the truck, valued at $8,000, had been dumped into the river. A dive team with the Warner Robins Fire Department subsequently found the vehicle.

According to the Macon Telegraph, Thorn was charged with a false report of a crime, a misdemeanor, and fraudulent insurance claims, a felony. Thorn, a staff sergeant and maintenance crew chief for the 116th Air Control Wing at Warner Robins, is free on bond.

If Thorn is tried in a civilian court, Air Force officials would not try him in a military court, Lt. Col. Mark Strickland, staff judge advocate of the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins, said. However, if convicted by the civilian court, Thorn may face military disciplinary action for the offense — ranging from involuntary discharge to a mark in his military records, Strickland said.

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