According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:
Jacob Stephen Pemberton, 19, of Park Lake Road in Rossville was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 23, on charges of criminal trespassing, giving false statements, and the false report of a crime. Pemberton’s bond was set at $9,000.
Officers were dispatched to the Park Lake Apartment complex off of Cloud Springs Road just after 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in reference to what they believed to be a burglary call, but quickly learned that the incident hadn't taken place as reported.
"Mr. Pemberton had reported that forced entry had been made into his residence," officer Matthew Ray said. "When I arrived on the scene, I observed that the rear door had been forced open causing the frame of the door to break and fall to the ground. I also observed a foot print on the door from where then unknown person would have kicked the door causing it to come open."
Pemberton told police that his mother had dropped him off at the apartment around 4:30 p.m., and that he lived there with his grandmother.
He stated that he entered through the unlocked front door of the apartment, and that when he went into the home, he found that the back door had been kicked open and one of his dresser drawers had been gone through, reports show.
Pemberton added that he did not have a key to the apartment.
During questioning, officer Ray found a pair of sneakers in the apartment that raised a cloud of suspicion around Pemberton's story.
"I located a gray pair Nike shoes with neon green accents and laces lying on the floor next to Jacob's bed," Ray said. "Jacob stated that they were his new shoes but that he was not wearing them when he arrived at home. He advised that he still had on his work shoes. I then compared the sole of the Nike shoes to the very distinctive shoe pattern left of the broken door."
It was discovered that Pemberton's new shoes matched the pattern left on the door.
"Everything from the pattern of the sole to the size matched the shoe print left on the door," Ray said. "When I confronted Jacob about it, he denied wearing the shoes and stated that he had not kicked the door open."
Contact was then made with Pemberton's mother, who stated that he was wearing his new gray and neon Nike shoes when she dropped him off at the apartment earlier in the afternoon.
"Jacob eventually admitted that he had kicked the door open because he did not have a key to the house and because he was sick and needed to go to bed," Ray said.
Park Lake Apartments management was informed of the broken door, and Pemberton was then transported to Catoosa County jail without incident.