According to investigators, Joiner went to Watson's Towing in Gainesville around five a.m., pushed open an electric gate, got into his girlfriend's car and tried to drive it off the lot.
However, Stan Forron, the owner of Watson's Towing, said the charges brought against Joiner are a "misunderstanding" and the former-defensive captain never should have charged in the first place.
The State Attorney's Office's Spencer Mann said the Gainesville Police Department conducted a proper investigation and made appropriate decisions with the information they had at the time of Joiner's arrest. Once the case is in the State Attorney's Office's hands, they have to consider more than just the wishes of the alleged victim, but in this case, there was no evidence of a crime.
"You don't rest everything entirely on the victim, but in this particular case in the event of having a burglary and having a theft, you have to have evidence that there was a loss," Mann explained. "Here you have the owner of the business saying that none of that is true."
Without the victim in this case, there is no crime and therefore no charges against Joiner. Mann said intense media interest forced the State Attorney's Office to put this investigation on the fast track."
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