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Driver makes up car theft, gets $90k from insurance company

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police say a driver who got a $91,000 insurance payout for a stolen Dodge Challenger Hellcat reported the same car stolen months later with a different VIN.

Larry Johnson, 35, was booked in the Shelby County Jail Tuesday on a charge of theft of property of $60,000 to $250,000.

In January of 2023, Johnson contacted MPD and said his 2019 Challenger was stolen from outside a building in the 400 block of South Front Street downtown.

Johnson said his Hellcat was stolen outside a building on S Front Street in January of 2023

Two months later, Progressive issued Johnson a $91,077.85 check for the vehicle.

In November of 2023, Progressive was contacted by Memphis Airport police after Johnson reported a 2021 Dodge Challenger Hellcat stolen from the airport’s long-term parking garage.

Memphis detectives said the VIN Johson gave airport police was fake, and the 2021 Dodge Challenger Hellcat did not exist.

Larry Johnson. Courtesy: SCSO
Larry Johnson. Courtesy: SCSO

Police said the 2019 Challenger reported stolen had been re-vinned to appear as a 2021 Challenger and was recovered at a residence in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The Fort Smith Police Department took custody of the car, and a man at the residence was charged with theft after receiving $25,000.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

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