Victim is actually crook in car case

W. Curt Vincent Editor

December 21, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County man who reported that his vehicle had been carjacked the day before Thanksgivings was arrested three weeks later and charged with insurance fraud.

According to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw, his officers responded to a call on Nov. 27 claiming that a car had been stolen by three men, one of which reportedly had a gun.

“The victim reported he was driving down (Mill Street) and a subject was standing in the street,” Kinlaw said. “He stated that he thought he knew the subject until he stopped in the roadway.”

Kinlaw said the driver of the car then said he noticed two other men and the three of them approached his vehicle — one of them carrying a semi-automatic handgun.

“He said he was told not to look at them and to get out of the vehicle,” Kinlaw added. “… the subjects took $60 cash from him and left with his vehicle.”

But as investigators began looking into the story, it quickly fell apart.

“Officers learned there was a lien on the vehicle (and) that the victim had taken his vehicle to a location to hide it from repossession,” Kinlaw said. “It appears that the victim did not know, but the vehicle had already been repossessed by the leinholder prior to his report of it being stolen at gunpoint.

“The investigation revealed that the victim later filed a claim with his insurance,” he added.

On Thursday, the victim — Willie Horace Monroe, 62 — was arrested by officers at his residence and was charged with felony insurance fraud and misdemeanor filing a false report with police. He was booked into the Bladen County Jail and released after posting a $7,000 secured bond.