Police: Man traded girlfriend's car for drugs

October 12, 2009 1:26:35 PM PDT
Police say on Wednesday, September 16th, at about 10:00 a.m. 26-year-old Andrew Pruitt reported that he was approached by 3 or 4 men in the parking lot of the Gulf Station in the 2600 block of Capitol Trail.

Officials say Pruitt told them he was assaulted and his wallet and cell phone were stolen.

Pruitt had some injury to his face; however, witnesses say they didn't see an altercation.

On October 10th, troopers were called to a Paper Mill Road address and determined that Pruitt had taken his girlfriend's vehicle, a 2004 Subaru Legacy, without her permission and fled the home.

The following morning troopers got a tip call saying Pruitt was at an undisclosed residence in Newark. A computer check revealed Pruitt was currently wanted for failing to appear in the Court of Common Pleas so troopers responded to the Newark home and took him into custody without incident.

Police say at the station Pruitt confessed to trading his girlfriend's car for drugs in Wilmington. He did not know where the car currently was and did not know who he traded it to.

Afterward troopers re-interviewed Pruitt about the original robbery report from September. He allegedly admitted lying to police about the robbery and advised he was beaten up in Wilmington by a group of males who thought he had drugs or money on him.

Pruitt was formally charged with falsely reporting an incident and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The Subaru Legacy is still missing. It is white in color and has a Delaware tag: PC402397.


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