WINTER HAVEN - The Winter Haven Police Department is charging a 23-year-old Bartow woman in connection with a false report that she was abducted from a local Wal-Mart store.

WINTER HAVEN - The Winter Haven Police Department is charging a 23-year-old Bartow woman in connection with a false report that she was abducted from a local Wal-Mart store.

The alleged abduction resulted in Winter Haven police spending 55 man hours on the investigation.

Winter Haven police have sent to the State Attorney's Office paperwork charging Brittany Brading of 1586 Caroline Court in Bartow with one count of providing false information to law enforcement.

Brading has not yet been arrested, Winter Haven police Capt. Lisa Albury said today.

According to a police report, Brading called her boyfriend on May 24 and said she was kidnapped from a Wal-Mart in Winter Haven. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old Michael Losh, was in Mulberry when he recievied the call and went to the Mulberry Police Department and told police there about it.

Brading reportedly told her boyfriend she got out of her vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 355 Cypress Gardens Blvd. and was thrown into a van by three black males. She reportedly said the van was heading north on Interstate 75 and that she had seen a sign stating it was 12 miles to Ocala.



The Mulberry Police Department contacted the Tampa Police Department, which turned over the case to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department and the Florida Highway Patrol also were involved.

Brading eventually was located Sunday in St. Petersburg.

According to Winter Haven police, Brading told a representative at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office that she lied to her boyfriend about being abducted in Winter Haven. She said she was abducted in St. Petersburg.

She reportedly told police she lied to her boyfriend because she did not want him to know that she had been to see another man in St. Petersburg. According to police, the woman said she knew the St. Petersburg man through the social network Web site, MySpace.com.

According to Polk County Jail information, Brading was arrested April 9 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.

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