Ohio man lied about robbery to avoid telling wife about lost wedding ring, police say

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Updated: Jun. 26, 2019 at 2:08 PM EDT
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GENOA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - Police in Ohio said a man fabricated a report about being robbed so that he didn’t have to tell his wife that he actually lost his wedding ring.

Officers responded to a Genoa Township car wash on Monday after receiving a call for a robbery in progress, according to police.

The alleged victim told investigators that two men armed with a knife approached and robbed him of his ring.

Police say the man described the two fictitious victims as Hispanic males in a black pickup truck.

Investigators surveyed the area for a matching vehicle and watched surveillance video from nearby businesses. The video revealed that the man was never approached by anyone while sitting in his car.

According to Genoa Township, the man later confessed to making up the story because he was afraid to tell his wife that he lost the wedding ring.

“This unnecessarily tied up many of our officers for several hours, responding in emergency status, and inconvenienced the business at the car wash. It could have also resulted in people matching the description getting stopped based on false reporting,” Genoa Township wrote on Facebook.

The man later found the ring, police say.

Charges for making a false report have been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.

Genoa Township is in Delaware County, approximately 20 miles northeast of Columbus.

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