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Late to work, woman concocts carjacking story, deputies say

TAMPA — Denee Reed was running late Monday on her way to work at a Tampa call center. So, according to Hillsborough deputies, she made up a story.

When Reed, 25, arrived at the office of One Touch Direct, at 4902 W Sligh Ave., she said someone had tried to carjack her as she drove to the office, authorities said. Somehow, she managed to escape unharmed.

But after the incident was reported to authorities, the story quickly fell apart.

Detectives interviewed Reed, who confessed to making up the story, sheriff's officials said. She was worried about being late and made up the story to avoid getting fired, authorities said.

Reed was arrested on charges of making a false report to a law enforcement officer and making false official statements. She was booked late Monday in the Hillsborough County jail and later released on $2,250 bail.

It was unclear if she kept her job at One Touch Direct.

Late to work, woman concocts carjacking story, deputies say 10/15/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:32am]
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