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Willard teens in jail after allegedly lying to police

Zoe Greszler • Aug 18, 2018 at 12:34 AM

Two Willard teens admitted they lied to police about a theft to get a man in trouble after he “snitched” on them for an earlier crime.

The Norwalk Police Department received a report of a stolen truck from Andrew Clark, 19, most recently of 304 Nita Drive, Willard, and Taylor A. Kilgore, 18, of 4461 W. U.S. 224, Willard, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Clark said his 1997 Dodge truck was missing and he and Kilgore said they believed Tyler Mason, 24, of Willard, had stolen it, police reports said. 

“He (Clark) showed a title in (his) name and filed an affidavit saying it was stolen,” Sgt. James Montana said. 

“He was saying his former roommate (Mason) may have stolen it. Then Taylor said she thought she might have seen the vehicle down some place near (Mason) lived.”

Montana said Officer Jon Crabill went to the Willard address to investigate the matter. Upon talking to Mason, Crabill determined the story the two teens told police was not true. 

“Tyler stated the vehicle was his,” Montana said. “He paid Andrew for the vehicle. ... He had the receipt for paying for the registration and an actual title for the vehicle. Tyler told Officer Crabill that he believed that Andrew and Taylor made the story up because Tyler went to the Willard Police Department reporting Andrew (had been involved in another crime).

Details about the other crime were not released because the case is still under investigation, police said.

“When they brought them to the station and separated Taylor and Andrew, they both admitted to making up the story about Tyler stealing the truck for snitching on them,” Montana said.

Both Clark and Kilgore then were arrested and taken to the Huron County Jail on charges of making false alarms.

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