Phenix City man arrested after lying to police about K-Mart robbery

50-year-old Edward Bell allegedly told police he had been robbed of a sizable amount of cash in a  K-Mart parking lot in Phenix City. Bell later admitted to lying about being robbed. (Phenix City Police Department)
50-year-old Edward Bell allegedly told police he had been robbed of a sizable amount of cash in a K-Mart parking lot in Phenix City. Bell later admitted to lying about being robbed. (Phenix City Police Department)

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — Police say they have arrested a man who lied about being robbed in a K-Mart parking lot.

A press release by the Phenix City Police Department says at around 10:10 AM Tuesday morning, 50-year-old Edward Bell allegedly told a family member that he had just been robbed at the K-Mart on U.S. Highway 280. Responding officers say Bell told them he had just made a large cash withdrawal from the bank when a blue Dodge Charger stopped behind him.

Bell told officers the driver got out, said, “You know what this is,” and then robbed Bell of all his cash.

Officers say they discovered Bell had never made a cash withdrawal. Bell later admitted his robbery claim was false.

Bell was arrested and charged with making a false report to law enforcement.

The release by the Phenix City Police Department says:

The Phenix City Police Department would like to stress to the citizens the importance of making a false report.

This occupies resources that can’t respond to an actual emergency, places officers and the public in dangerous situations while searching for perpetrators. The Phenix City Police Department does not take this lightly and will aggressively pursue prosecution for individuals reporting false incidents to the police.

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