John L Durant Watkins, 61 of Atlanta, was jailed in Rome after committing numerous crimes in Floyd County.
Reports said that on September 9, 2021, Watkins conspired with others to have a wreck involving a U-Haul truck. Police stated that Watkins conspired with others to stage a wreck in which resulted in the U-Haul truck striking a power pole. Watkins was later identified as the driver of the U-Haul truck despite telling police he was not.
Then on may 11, 2022, Watkins is accused of going to a home on Lombardi Way and taking a lawnmower and a gas can. Police stopped Watkins, who was walking down Maple Street with the items to question him. Authorities stated that Watkins proceeded to give officers a fake name and date of birth.
Watkins is charged with two counts of insurance fraud, false statements and writings, 1st-degree criminal damage to property, reckless conduct, false report of a crime, criminal trespass, giving false information to police, and theft by taking.