Two busted for allegedly faking robberies
A Carson City man received a misdemeanor citation for falsifying a police report and another got off with a warning Wednesday after both claimed they were robbed of their money in separate incidents.
Chief Deputy Scott Burau, of the Carson City Sheriff’s Department, said a 31-year-old maintenance worker told police he was grabbed from behind and knocked unconscious May 17 in the 3700 block of North Carson Street. The victim told police when he awoke, his wallet and pay envelope lay empty on his chest.
“Through an investigation it was discovered he had, in fact, gambled away his money,” Burau said. “There were several inconsistencies in his story, but our investigators gave him ample opportunity to come clean.”
Burau said it took the man about a week to admit what had really happened.
“He finally admitted after several interviews he had gambled his money, but this man went to elaborate extents to convince us it was real including giving a suspect description and admittedly punching himself in the face,” he said.
Officers cited the man for suspicion of misdemeanor filing a false police report. The citation carries with it a $605 fine.
Another man reported to police he was robbed of $300 by three Hispanic males armed with a handgun Saturday.
“He said he had just left the Horseshoe Club when three males jumped him from behind and robbed him at gunpoint,” Burau said. “From the start he offered sketchy details.”
Burau said the following morning, after detectives had canvassed the downtown area, they confronted the man who readily admitted that he had not been robbed.
“We certainly do not appreciate having our time wasted, but under this circumstance we chose not to cite or arrest this individual.”
Burau said falsifying a police report is foolish and is a serious crime with a hefty fine.
“We can pretty much spot a bogus story off the bat,” he said. “These false reports are a waste of our time and the community’s time when we could be devoting our resources elsewhere.
“We do not look lightly on a false report,” Burau said.
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