Cops: Man vandalizes own truck with anti-police messages, blames it on 'Black Lives Matter' activists
Police in Texas arrested a man who claimed vandals scawled anti-police graffiti on his truck, when the man actually did the deed himself, according to Fox 4.
Lattin originally told police on Sept. 8 that someone had spray-painted his truck, causing upwards of $5,000 worth of damage. The man said the vandalism had to do with his pro-police display already adorning the pick-up.
The truck originally had "Police lives matter" displayed on the back window, which Lattin claimed vandals had spray-painted over with "Black Lives Matter" and other anti-police obscenities and #FYF, which Lattin said meant, "F--- your flag, your family, your feelings, your faith."
When the Lattin, a disabled veteran, first reported the crime to police, Whitney police officer Chris Chadwick expressed sympathy for the family he believed were victims of a crime.
"These residents are police supporters and they shouldn't be chastised," Chadwick said.
However, police say that after seeing Fox 4's coverage of the original story, they began to believe Scott Lattin might not have been telling the truth.
Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley said that there were differences between the video footage from the police report and Fox 4's footage.
"When we looked at those two videos, there were some differences in those and that led us to take the investigation into a different direction," the police chief said. Bentley said there was no damage to the truck when the police took their report, but Fox 4's footage had Lattin showing off slashed seats and a destroyed glove box.
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Whitney police arrested Lattin on Friday on a misdemeanor charge of making a false police report. Lattin rebukes the police's claim, telling Fox 4, "That's absolutely not true! Absolutely not true!"
However, Lattin later admitted in the arrest warrant affidavit that he destroyed the inside of the car for insurance reasons.
Although police say they're not looking for any additional suspects, Lattin could have more misdemeanor and felony charges coming his way.
As word quickly spread among Whitney's 2,000 residents about Lattin's arrest, many expressed shock and disgust.
"Oh this just makes me sick! This is just wrong," resident Marty Rosseau exclaimed.
The family had even set up a now-defunct GoFundMe account asking for donations to help pay for the truck's repairs, which raised nearly $6,000.
Chief Bentley said that one post that from a woman donating money read, "'My husband is an officer, I can give you $25 because that's all I can afford.'"
"That just ripped my heart out," Bentley said.
The police chief is working with a district attorney to refund all donors who were tricked by Lattin's deed.
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