Marcus Lamar & John Crenshaw Charged With Filling False Carjacking Reports

This story is precisely why we have a “Just Plain Foolish” category here at Greenville Dragnet. Two Greenville men who claimed they were carjacking victims have now been charged with filing false reports.

Marcus Marcale Lamar, 26, of 120 Old Bleachery Road, and John Coleman Crenshaw 25, of 103 Crane Ave., were charged with filing a false police report of a felony violation in two separate incidents, according to warrants and reports released by the Greenville County Sheriffs office.

One of the incidents reportedly occurred at 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 in a club parking lot at 6119 White Horse Road. The second one supposedly occurred Jan. 1 near the intersection of Stallings and Rutherford roads.

Deputies believe alcohol was involved in both incidents.  Marcus Lamar told deputies he had several drinks before being assaulted and having his car stolen outside Club Money on White Horse Road.

Lamar told investigators an elaborate story about someone helping him look for his car and eventually being dropped off at a gas station on North Pleasantburg Drive.

Lamar’s car was found wrecked at the intersection of North Pleasantburg Drive and Rutherford Road.

In the second incident on Jan. 1, deputies say John Crenshaw reported that he and a friend were carjacked near the intersection of Stallings Road and Rutherford Road.

Deputies said Crenshaw smelled of alcohol and was in muddy clothes and had scratches on his arms. He told deputies he was scratched up when the carjackers threw him into some thorn bushes.

Deputies said they found Crenshaw’s vehicle down a 20-foot embankment that was covered with thorn bushes near the intersection of Waddell and Rutherford roads.

Investigators used a combination of 911 recordings, witness statements, video surveillance, and scene investigation to determine that Lamar and Crenshaw had lied about the incidents.

False reports were a noticeable drain on Greenville County Sheriff’s Office resources in 2009, according to

Deputies investigated 34 cases involving filing a false police report in 2009. Those cases resulted in 29 arrests, 18 of which were men and 11 were women.

The cases took up 429 man hours at a cost estimate of $8,933.76 to investigate, the sheriff’s office reported.

Marcus Lamar and John Crenshaw face up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine for their false reports. No DUI charges have been filed.


One Response to “Marcus Lamar & John Crenshaw Charged With Filling False Carjacking Reports”

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