Thursday, July 29, 2010

Robbery was a False Report

 On Friday July 16 2010 Officers responded to Wal-Mart on Foxcroft Ave for a robbery which had just occurred. Officers responded to the area minutes after the incident had allegedly occurred. All areas were checked and video surveillance was obtained.

The victim, Identified as Mr. William Arthur Leland (DOB 11/10/53), advised officers on scene that he had been sitting in his vehicle in the Wal Mart parking lot when a White male brandished a revolver in his face and demanded $800 cash. He advised he turned the money over to the male, who fled towards Sears.

The video was later reviewed and there was no evidence of a robbery taking place.

 Mr. Leland was interviewed at the Martinsburg Police Department on 7/26/10 during which time he confessed to calling in a false police report. He advised that the money, which was allegedly robbed from him, was in fact a combination of his and his physically handicapped sisters whom he takes care of. He advised that he had gambled the money, and lost, at a local gambling establishment.

Mr. Leland was arrested on this day. He was arraigned by Mag. R. Smith and given a PR bond of $2500.  He was charged with Falsely reporting an emergency incident

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