22 Mar 2020 11:37am
A man has been arrested after falsely reporting he was assaulted before having his car was stolen.
The man contacted police around 8.30pm on Thursday 19 March and reported he had parked his car in the car park of a Fleurieu hotel when he was approached by a person he did not know who pushed him over and then drove off in his Holden station wagon.
A short time later patrols were called to Wirrina Cove after reports of the same station wagon on fire.
Investigations by Victor Harbor CIB identified a number of inconsistencies regarding the validity of the man's version of events.
Detectives then attended the man's home address and carried out a search, locating items of interest which allegedly implicated him. The 44-year-old from Reynella was charged with arson, create false belief and deception. He has been bailed to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on 20 April.