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Florida officer charged with perjury and arson, reported SUV stolen

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Sonja Isger

Palm Beach Post

DELRAY BEACH — A Delray Beach Police officer was charged Saturday with second-degree arson and perjury after investigators say he falsely reported his SUV had been stolen, when instead he had set it ablaze on the side of a road, police said.

The investigation that led to charges against Officer Dallas Richardson began March 29, when Richardson called Boynton Beach Police to report his 2017 Chevy Tahoe stolen.

Earlier that morning, a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy had found the SUV burning on Lake Ida Road near Military Trail in Delray Beach. The license plate was missing and the vehicle identification number had been removed. An arson investigator concluded that an accelerant had been used to set the Tahoe on fire.

Richardson, who had been with the Delray Beach department for a year that month, was interviewed twice in the course of a police probe of the incident, but investigators found “multiple inconsistencies” with his testimony.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Richardson’s arrest.

Richardson, who has been on paid administrative leave during the investigation, surrendered to authorities Saturday night at the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was being held Sunday.

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