Couple admits filing false robbery report

Pair was buying drugs, police say

A couple who claimed Sunday to have outsmarted a would-be robber have admitted to making up the story, investigators said Monday.


The man and woman could face charges for filing a false report.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Billy Leisey said deputies were called Sunday to the BP gas station at 4101 Windsor Spring Road after a woman told the clerk she and a male companion were being

According to the sheriff’s office’s incident report, Mark Steven, 22, and Andrea Bell, 27, were at McTeer Food and Fuel, 4150 Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah, which was closed, when they were approached by two armed men about 12:45 a.m.

The couple told deputies the men entered their vehicle and instructed them to drive to the nearest ATM to withdraw money. The incident report says Steven incorrectly entered his PIN at the BP ATM while Bell told the clerk they were being robbed.

When officers arrived, the two men fled, leaving behind an assault rifle. One of the men, 21-year-old Chad Hobbs, was taken into custody for questioning but later released, Leisey said.

Police said Monday that Steven and Bell admitted to officers that they had made up the story.

Leisey said the couple had met Hobbs and were in the process of buying drugs when they grew apprehensive and made up the robbery story.

Police said Steven was attempting to withdraw money from the ATM for the drug purchase when Bell alerted the clerk.

Investigators said Hobbs admitted the confiscated rifle was his.

Although that weapon was reported stolen in Ohio in the 1980s, Leisey said it was stolen so long ago that authorities were unable to charge Hobbs with theft by receiving.

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