"The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided," the department said in a news release. "At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead's identity was falsely provided to police during the investigation."
The department is working with prosecutors to drop the charges against Whitehead.
Original post: The Dallas Cowboys cut wide receiver and return specialist Lucky Whitehead late Monday afternoon, shortly after the team completed the first practice of its 2017 training. Whitehead, already on the chopping block thanks to his lack of development as a receiver, gave the team all the excuses it needed to fire him during the last two weeks.
On Monday, the Cowboys, media and fans learned that Whitehead had allegedly shoplifted about $40 worth of items from a convenience store in his home state of Virginia in June. The receiver also missed a scheduled court appearance this month, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
Whitehead's agent, Dave Rich, told the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that his client wasn't in Virginia when the alleged theft occurred, but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that it was time for the team to move on.
"As we gathered more information on that particular situation and conversations we had with Lucky about that particular situation and we put into context with his career with us over the last year or so, we just felt like the best decision for the Dallas Cowboys was to release him," Garrett told reporters after practice. "When you have someone in your program, in this environment, in this structure, and they don't grow and develop and they make the same mistakes over and over again, it's time to move on."
Whitehead made the news last week as well when he reported on Instagram that his dog Blitz was being held for ransom. A Fort Worth rapper named Boogotti Kasino eventually returned the dog to Whitehead. Kasino did not admit to kidnapping the dog, instead claiming that he bought it from a third party.