A TSA worker in Tampa found herself in more trouble after trying to get out of trouble for being late to work.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Taleta Collier of Winter Haven on a charge of criminal use of a personal ID and uttering a false instrument.
According to the sheriff’s office, Collier made up a story about confronting a burglar, armed with a knife, who tried to break into a car belonging to her parents. Collier told her supervisor at work that she drew her agency-issued weapon and pointed it at the burglar who took off.
The incident, according to Collier, happened in late March. On that day, she told her supervisor she’d be late for work because of the “alleged” standoff with the burglar. The sheriff’s office said the TSA asked Collier for a case number and the name of the detective on the case. When Collier said she had neither, her supervisor told her to get a copy of the incident report. Collier texted several unreadable screen shots of the “report” to her supervisor, only to be asked for a paper copy, which she never provided.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office reviewed the images from Collier and determined them to be fake. Collier, according to investigators, also used the name of a deputy who happened to be on a vacation out of the country at the time of the incident. Her parents also told investigators they had no idea about the burglary report or that someone “allegedly” tried to break into their car.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “I don’t understand why anyone would go to the extent of creating a fake police report to avoid reprimand at work for tardiness.”
Collier was already on an Employee Improvement Plan for being late to work.