By Megan Crepeau

Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno was taken into Chicago police custody Tuesday night on an arrest warrant, police confirmed.

The warrant was issued for a possible false police report made by Moreno earlier this year, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday. Police had been investigating for months whether Moreno lied to authorities in January when he reported his car stolen.

Moreno, 1st, reported to police Jan. 4 that he returned home from a trip to find that the vehicle, a leased black 2016 Audi A6 sedan, was missing from his Wicker Park property and that no one else had access to the vehicle, police said.

Police located the car in February when they saw a woman driving it and initially charged her with misdemeanor trespass to a motor vehicle, authorities confirmed.

But the woman, Liliya Hrabar, told the Tribune that Moreno -- whom she said she dates on and off -- let her use the car.

Cook County prosecutors dropped the charge against Hrabar, the state's attorney's office confirmed, and police opened an investigation into the possibility of a false report.

Moreno lost his bid for re-election to newcomer Daniel La Spata. His term is slated to end May 20.

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