Police: Reported strong-arm robbery at UCF deemed false
It turns out the reported strong-arm robbery at UCF Wednesday night has been deemed false by the UCF Police Department.
After further questioning, the woman said she was never robbed and made the story up because she was scared to tell her parents that she lost her wallet. The wallet was recovered, although cash inside was missing, the release states.
UCF Police plans to file at-large charges with the State Attorney for filing a false police report and the woman also will be issued a student affairs referral.
Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a UCF Alert was sent out alerting the UCF community that suspects implied to have a weapon and stole a woman's purse near parking lots B12 and B13.
"No evidence indicative of a robbery was found at the scene, and the woman did not have much information about what took place," a release from UCFPD public information officer Courtney Gilmartin states. "In retracing the victim's steps from that night, video evidence indicated inconsistencies in the woman's story."
"While we hate to cause any undue panic within our community, this incident is a reminder of the importance of always remaining vigilant about your safety," UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said in a release. "We take any crime that's reported to us seriously, and our detectives are committed to conducting thorough investigations. They did their job well."
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