Strawberry charged with filing false report

9/29/2005 - MLB

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry
was charged with filing a false police report after making up a
story alleging that his SUV had been stolen, Delray Beach police

Strawberry reported his rented Nissan Murano stolen on Sept. 17,
saying it disappeared from outside a gas station while he was
inside buying cigarettes.

But investigators who watched a gas station surveillance video
saw him drive off in a different car than the one he reported
stolen, police spokesman Jeff Messer said.

An anonymous caller later told police that Strawberry's SUV was
behind a sports bar in Lake Worth, about 15 miles away. Police
found the SUV there with no damage and with Strawberry's wallet
inside, Messer said.

Strawberry, 43, admitted to police on Wednesday that he lied in
the original report. He was not arrested, however, because the charge, filing
a false police report, is a misdemeanor.

Strawberry had apparently allowed someone to borrow the car but
he did not provide details to police on what may have happened,
Messer said.

The eight-time All-Star and member of two World Series winners
has had legal trouble before. Strawberry served 11 months in prison
in 2002 and 2003 for violating probation on cocaine possession