Police: Man covers up gambling loss by claiming he was robbed

Police: Man covers up gambling loss by claiming he was robbed
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Madison police — alongside a K-9 unit, UW-Madison police and Shorewood Hills officers — responded to an armed robbery call from a 20-year-old man on the west side Sunday, according to a news release.

Police said when officers arrived at the scene, the man told them he was robbed by two men, one of them wielding a knife, in the parking lot of U.S. Bank on University Avenue. The man claimed the “suspects” originally approached him and said, “Give me the money!” while he was in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant on Regent St. The man then told police he drove the men to an ATM and withdrew $1,000, and the “suspects” then fled on foot.

That story fell apart when a responding officer said it was good that the event happened at an ATM because there would be security footage of the robbers. According to the release, the man changed his story and told officers that the men weren’t in the car when he withdrew the $1,000. Police said they asked the man why he didn’t just drive off when the men were out of the car, and the story continued to unravel from there.

Eventually, the man admitted to fabricating the incident, admitting he had just lost a large bet on an NFL game. The man said he didn’t want his parents to know why his bank account was suddenly short $1,000.

According to the report, responding officers counseled him on how dangerous it is to fabricate stories about armed robbers when officers were ready to search the area. Officers thanked the man for eventually telling the truth and cited him for obstruction and misuse of 911.

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