LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Hardin County man working for a Louisville lawn care company is facing charges that he falsely reported a theft and kept the money he reported had been taken.
On July 2, Jonathan L. Simmons, 35, of Elizabethtown, KY, was working for Hurst Lawn Care and had been paid $1,200 in cash by the customer after completing the job. A short time later, Simmons called his employer and reported that his company truck had been stolen. Simmons told Hurst the truck was having brake problems, so he parked it and walked to a store about one block away.
When he got back Simmons said the truck was missing. He also said he had placed the cash in the glove compartment and left the keys in the vehicle. The vehicle was found River Road, a short distance away from the spot where Simmons said he left it. Items from the truck were found scattered around the area, but the cash was the only thing missing.
After Prospect police finished taking a report, a witness asked someone with Hurst what had happened. The witness told the Hurst representative he thought the truck was there doing tree work and said he saw someone walking away from it after parking it on River Road. The witness was able to provide details description of the man he saw, which included the brightly colored safety short that all Hurst employees wear.
Simmons was arrested July 10 on charges of theft by unlawful taking over $500 and falsely reporting an incident.
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