Too often, when someone tells police that a theft has occurred, the police begin trying ferret out a likely suspect to put under scrutiny before they are even able to verify that the claim of theft even took place. There are a wide variety of reasons why someone might say that they have been the victims of theft when they are actually not. Some may be seeking to get some quick cash from an insurance policy, while others may simply be trying to cover up their own actions. In some situations a person may try to implicate another in theft allegations as retaliation or to destroy their reputation.
In one recent incident in New Jersey, a woman told police that her vehicle had been carjacked. She went on to tell police that not only had her car been stolen but that she was kidnapped. She said the person who stole her car later pushed her out of the vehicle and drive off. The woman even gave police a description of the person who she says stole her car. But as it turns out none of this ever happened.
Further investigation revealed that the woman had actually taken PCP and drove off in her own car. At some point she had a passenger in her car and the woman apparently “going crazy” she allegedly jumped out of her own vehicle voluntarily and left it in the middle of the road. The passenger in the car then drove the car to a friend of the woman’s house and dropped it off for her to retrieve once she was able. It seems that the woman had blacked out on drugs and simply had no memory of what happened to her car.
It is not difficult to imagine that had the woman not later confessed the truth, the police would have began searching for suspects that fit the description she had provided. Many law enforcement authorities and news sources are willing to jump to conclusions whenever criminal allegations are raised. Unfortunately this can lead to innocent persons facing charges for crimes that never even happened.
Source: Jersey Journal, “City police charge Newark woman with lying in wild story about being carjacked,” Michaelangelo Conte, Mar. 9, 2012