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Police: Cape man reports car stolen following impound

By Staff | Jan 13, 2009

A Cape Coral man was arrested after he allegedly fled Hendry County deputies and filed a false police report stating his vehicle, which had been impounded by police, was stolen.
Christian Pantoja, 25, of 1523 Andalusia Blvd., was charged with filing a false police report with the Cape Coral Police Department on Monday, and posted $500 bond later in the afternoon, according to jail booking records.
According to Hendry County deputies, Pantoja fled from a traffic stop on foot Saturday. Though he evaded arrest, his 1992 Honda Civic was impounded and a probable cause booking sheet was opened in Hendry County.
On Sunday, Pantoja reported the vehicle stolen in Cape Coral, stating that between 10 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday the car had been taken from his driveway. He told police the key was left in the ignition and the doors were unlocked, the report states.
Police initially could not produce any leads on the alleged theft. However, a teletype search of the car revealed it had been impounded by Hendry County deputies, according to reports.
Cape Officer Kendel Ferguson assisted HCSO in locating Pantoja at his residence, at which point he was placed under arrest and taken to the Lee County Jail.