Deputies say hidden camera catches woman making up crime

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police say a hidden camera intended to catch a suspect in the act, instead showed a woman lying about the crime!

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say 36 year old Rebecca Ward repeatedly reported a man was threatening her.
So they set up surveillance at the home, which they say just proved the only crime committed was by Ward herself.

There are several letters containing threats deputies say Rebecca Ward claimed she found at her home in Gray. Each one resulted in a different call to the Sheriff's Department for help.

"Found a note thrown inside their Jeep Cherokee; found their home had been burglarized," said Deputy Claude Hudson who responded to most of the calls.

The alleged threats escalated in July. Deputies say in one incident, there was a rag in the door. Ward told them someone used it to try and burn her out of her home.

Deputies put a hidden camera across the street without telling Ward. The goal was to identify the suspect after yet another alleged incident.

The next call involved firing a gun.

"The call that day was shots fired, that she'd actually fired shots at the perpetrator as he was trying to break into the house with her there. We get there, and he's nowhere to be seen. We canvas the area like it's a real crime scene. Neighbors in broad daylight didn't see anything," said Hudson.

They went to the hidden camera.

"We obtained the disc out of the camera and indeed she was lying. She advised she did not know the camera was there the day she called for help. She advised she was lying. She was sorry for the whole incident," Hudson said.

He says Ward admitted to writing the notes herself and making up the threats. They charged her with falsely reporting an incident.

WYMT asked Ward if she wanted to do a jailhouse interview to explain her side of the story, but she declined.

Deputies say she did not say why she allegedly made up the threats.

"For attention is all we can gather. She gave no motive at all," Hudson said.

Ward is being held in the Knox County Detention Center on $1,000 cash bond.

Deputies say her boyfriend also lives at the home, but they believe he was not involved in the false reports. Investigators think he was led on as well.

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