KISSIMMEE — It’s common for the local sheriff’s offices to get visits from area residents who say they’ve been victims of a crime, and want to file a report.
It’s not as common that the person who asks to file the report ends up in jail.
But as the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office noted this week, if your story is full of holes, keep in mind that filing a false report is a serious issue.
On Oct. 27, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Justin Wayne Voyles and charged him with filing a false report.
Around 11:56 p.m. that evening, deputies got a call from the Old Town theme park on U.S. 192 in Four Corners from a man who said he had just been robbed. When deputies met up with Voyles, he told them he had been at Old Town when two men came up to him and asked him if he wanted to buy an Ipad.
Voyles said he was interested, so he got in the car with the men, who he hadn’t met before, and asked them to drive him to a nearby ATM to withdraw money for the IPAD.
But after he gave them the money, Voyles told detectives, they fled the area, IPAD and all.
Detectives started to become suspicious, though, of Voyles’ story — starting with different versions of it.
“As detectives were questioning Voyles, his story changed three times and they were not able to verify his statement,” noted Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrest.
The more versions he offered detectives, the less believable he became, she said.
“Voyles eventually told detectives he made up the story,” Lizasuain said.
Voyles, 20, of 1172 San Matio St. in Palm Bay, was arrested and charged with filing a false report and booked into the Osceola County Jail.
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