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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Gainesville man charged with stealing a white Kia

A Gainesville man was arrested and charged with grand theft auto after being accused of driving a stolen car early Saturday.

Gainesville Police Officer Shawn Barnes saw three men acting suspiciously in a parking lot near the 1000 block of Southeast Fourth Avenue at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, GPD spokesman Keith Kameg said.

Before the men drove off, Barnes did a records check on the license plate of the white Kia, the report stated.

According to the GPD arrest report, records indicated that the car was reported stolen on Wednesday.

After pulling the car over, the driver, Ruben Williams, 41, told Barnes his driver's license was not valid, the report stated. According to the report, Williams had two suspensions on his driver's license for not paying child support.

Williams told Barnes he didn't know the car he was driving was stolen, and he had traded drugs to an unknown person to borrow the car, the report stated.

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