Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012 4:12 pm
The Messenger, February 13, 2012
A homeless man arrested two weeks ago for theft after being found inside a stolen vehicle has now been arrested for an alleged auto burglary in Union City.
Gary Patrick Shaffer, 47, whose address is listed as homeless, was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of South First Street and charged with burglary, according to a Union City Police Department report.
Police responded to a report of a fight in the area of South First and Harrison streets and found two men, with one holding the other against the wall of a building. Allan Bridges, owner of A to Z Thrift Store, told police he came out and found the door open to his 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck and the other man inside the truck.
According to the report, Shaffer claimed he was undercover for some sheriff’s department and “they” were trying to repossess the vehicle. He was arrested for auto burglary. Police reported a check of the vehicle found nothing was missing.
Shaffer had been arrested Jan. 29 at the Lowe’s parking lot in Union City after a stolen vehicle was discovered on the lot. Police were dispatched there in reference to a possible stolen vehicle and an officer located the white 1988 Ford Ranger and found a man identified as Shaffer sitting on the driver’s side. The vehicle was verified as stolen out of Memphis.