Police: Red Lion man falsely reported SUV theft
A Red Lion man who reported his SUV stolen was caught on tape parking the vehicle across the street from his home, according to police.
Matthew George Nonemaker, 50, of 362 W. Broadway, is charged with making a false report and public drunkenness.
According to charging documents, he called 911 about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to report that his silver Chevrolet Trailblazer had been stolen. About 10 minutes later, state troopers arrived at Nonemaker's home, where he told them he saw the SUV being driven eastbound on Broadway, police said.
Nonemaker smelled strongly of alcohol when speaking with troopers, according to charging documents.
Shortly after 7 p.m., troopers noticed the SUV was parked in front of the Turkey Hill Minit Market located across the street from Nonemaker's home, documents state.
When troopers reviewed Turkey Hill surveillance video, they saw Nonemaker park his SUV in the convenience-store lot, according to documents.
Less than 20 minutes after viewing the video, troopers saw Nonemaker "stumbling across the parking lot towards his vehicle," documents state.
"We approached (Nonemaker) who claimed he did not know his vehicle was parked there and cannot believe the people who stole it parked it so close to his residence," troopers wrote in charging documents. "The defendant had (trouble) staying on topic during basic conversation ... (and) related he started drinking around noon today."
Nonemaker subsequently failed field-sobriety tests, documents state.
It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.
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