GPD: Hoping for food and money, man makes false report of stolen car


Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.

A man who does not own a car or have a driver's license told police he was looking for money or food when he filed a report claiming his car had been stolen.

Samuel Goodlander, 37, who gave the St. Francis House homeless shelter at 413 S. Main St. as his address, was arrested Monday evening and charged with filing a false police report.

According to Officer Brett Smith, Goodlander asked an employee at the Radio Shack at 3333 S.W. Archer Road to call police so that he could report his car as having been stolen from the store's parking lot.

Smith said Goodlander began to change his story when he was reminded that he did not have a driver's license. Instead, Goodlander claimed he made up the stolen car story, hoping the employee would give him money or food. He said the employee had previously helped him.

Goodlander was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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