DECATUR — A Decatur man is facing a preliminary charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report claiming his van had been stolen when, police said, he had in fact sold it for $20 to someone he described as a drug dealer.

A sworn affidavit said the 45-year-old man went to Decatur police headquarters on Friday with his parents to report the vehicle theft. He said he had left the van running while he visited a store in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue on the afternoon of April 9.

But the affidavit said officers checked surveillance video from the scene that showed the man had not been there at the time time he said. “When officers interviewed (him) a second time, he advised his vehicle had not actually been stolen,” the affidavit said.

“He stated he had actually given the vehicle to a drug dealer for $20 because he needed the money. He said he lied because he did not want his father to know what had happened.”

Police said they checked their records and found the man had previously tried to report his vehicle stolen on two other occasions in 2019. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State Attorney’s Office.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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