Ploy to avoid rent may mean misdemeanor

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 1:29 a.m.
A Gainesville man, short on rent money, tried to solve his money troubles by faking a robbery, police reported.
Officers charged the 50-year-old with filing a false police report after he claimed he was robbed by two men at a gas station on Waldo Road Tuesday night, said Gainesville Police Lt. Keith Kameg.
The man claimed the robbers were armed and stole $523. But he backed off his claims when police told him the area had been under video surveillance.
"He said he made up the entire robbery because he didn't have enough money for rent," Kameg said. Kameg said he figured he would gain sympathy from his landlord.
The man now is a facing a misdemeanor criminal charge, according to police.
"It should be a felony. We sent the entire violent crimes task force team, which is out on the streets, to an armed robbery only to have this guy lie because he didn't have rent money. He wasted thousands of dollars of city money," Kameg said.
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