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Man falsely reports vehicle stolen, police say

Amidullh Popal, 26, of Westbury, was arrested on

Amidullh Popal, 26, of Westbury, was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, accused of falsely reporting his 2005 Ford Explorer had been stolen, Nassau County police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A Westbury man was lying when he reported his Ford Explorer stolen from the front of his home, Nassau County police said.

Amidullh Popal, 26, faces charges of fifth-degree insurance fraud and false written statement, both misdemeanors, police said.

But after he was arraigned and released on his own recognizance Wednesday, Popal said he should not have been arrested because he had thought his vehicle was stolen in Brooklyn after he crashed there and left it on the street, only to find it gone when he went back for it days later. He found out after filing a stolen car report that an auto body repair shop had his vehicle, he said.

“Basically, it was a misunderstanding,” Popal told Newsday on Wednesday night.

Nassau police said Popal reported on Oct. 30 that his 2005 Ford was stolen from his Oak Street home.

After an investigation, Third Precinct detectives arrested him Tuesday at home, police said. Other details were not released by police, including whether the Ford was found and how investigators determined Popal had lied.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story had an incorrect date for the police report.

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