TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Texas Police Department (TTPD) arrested a Little Rock man Tuesday on charges of insurance fraud and filing a false report.
Police say 39-year-old Roderick Jenkins filed a report on June 16 of this year that his Polaris utility terrain vehicle had been stolen from a friend’s residence. After filing the vehicle theft report, Jenkins contacted his insurance company and filed a $67,000 loss claim.
TTPD detective Cory Motley discovered Jenkins had stopped making payments on the UTV and it was nearing repossession just before being reported stolen. Police say Det. Motley also developed information that Jenkins may have lied about the theft, repainted the UTV purple to alter its appearance, and still had it in his possession in the Little Rock area.
According to police, Det. Motley learned that Jenkins was expected to attend a recreational ride at the Muddy Bottoms ATV Park in Serepta, Louisiana, on September 3. Police say that Det. Motley suspected Jenkins would bring his reported stolen UTV with him at the event, and contacted the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office to ask for assistance in watching for it.
Police say that shortly after Jenkins arrived at the event, another man arrived with a purple Polaris UTV loaded on a trailer and parked next to Jenkins’ UTV. The two men told deputies they didn’t know each other, but police say it was later determined they were brothers.
According to police, deputies found the VIN number had been removed and noted several aftermarket equipment similarities with the one reported stolen by Jenkins. The vehicle was temporarily seized until the VIN could be confirmed.
Det. Motley traveled to Webster Parish to escort the UTV to a Polaris dealership in Bossier City, Louisiana, where they were able to retrieve the VIN and verified it was the reported stolen UTV.
Police say Jenkins turned himself in Tuesday. He was booked into the Bi-State Jail and released after posting a $30,000 bond that afternoon.