Man with a warrant arrested after calling 9-1-1 to report himself lost

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CHULUOTA, FL. - A man with a warrant is arrested after he calls 9-1-1 to report himself lost.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year-old Andrew James Joffe called 9-1-1 around 1:50 a.m. Thursday to say that he was lost and being chased by wild hogs. He said that he did not know exactly where he was, but that he was walking somewhere along Deen Still Road.

Deputies responded to the area and were able to locate Joffe. They discovered that he had an open warrant for driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s license and was taken into custody.

As Joffe’s backpack was being inventoried for safe keeping, a deputy found items ranging from electronic equipment, cell phones, ear rings and a GPS device. The GPS was turned on and a “home address” was programmed in the GPS. The home address was not Joffe’s. It was determined that the resident was a victim of a burglary from her car and was missing her GPS device.

Upon questioning, Joffe admitted to deputies that he illegally entering the vehicle and took the GPS. The deputy added two charges, burglary-conveyance and petit theft, and transported him to the jail in Bartow.

“We have had people with warrants call us to turn themselves in before, but it’s unusual for someone with an active warrant, who just burglarized a car, to get lost and call us for help. In his defense, it does get pretty dark out on Deen Still Road in the middle of the night.” --Grady Judd, Sheriff