Couple admits filing false robbery report

Pair was buying drugs, police say

Monday, July 16, 2012 12:05 PM
Last updated 8:30 PM
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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
robbed.

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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countyman
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countyman 07/16/12 - 12:15 pm
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This is why I didn't

This is why I didn't understand when my comment was deleted yesterday... People with any common sense know armed men don't hang around at closed gas stations. Then again were hit with so much daily crime reports compared to positive stories many people probably believed the article... It's said the local media outlets ran this false story to scare innocent people... I'll give the Chronicle some credit for printing the following up article..

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/16/12 - 12:15 pm
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Not bad enough

as it is - now we have made up stories - will they be charged for anything? Our law enforecement is stretched to the limit and drug buyers decide to add a little more to it.
Why was the chain gang discontinued? Does anyone know? What a deterrent it would be - black/white stripes, chains, cleaning up the road way, chopping rocks - earning their keep. Let them help our society with their labor instead of leaning back and taking it easy. Unbelievable.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/16/12 - 12:38 pm
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I thought the original story

I thought the original story sounded fishy when it said the girl told the clerk they were being robbed. If you're robbing someone at gunpoint why would you actually let one of them go talk to someone else for any reason?

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 07/16/12 - 01:35 pm
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trulyworried

If I am not mistaken the SCOTUS found putting prisoners on the road with ball and chains around their ankles was a violation of their civil rights. I could be wrong as this took place a long time ago and this is how I remember it.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/16/12 - 01:43 pm
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Ball and chain

and wouldn't it be to everyone's advantage (including the prisoners') if this law were to be stricken from the books? Money could be saved all the way around and a lot of criminals would probably change their ways, just thinking back to the days of the 'chain gang'. I wonder what would have to be done to make it happen. Anyone know??? Please????

Bantana
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Bantana 07/16/12 - 02:04 pm
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chain gangs

after a bit of reading i found that georgia was the last state to abolish involuntary chain gangs in the 1950's. involuntary prison labor originated in the north and one facet of leasing out captive, "cheap" labor was as a way to undermine organized labor. i distinctly remember prison laborers working the roadsides in richmond county in the late 60's and early 70's and i assume that was voluntary.

for a well written, if brief article on the history and future of prison labor, read: http://www.salon.com/2012/04/19/21st_century_chain_gangs/

KSL
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KSL 07/16/12 - 03:13 pm
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CM has the inside word.

CM has the inside word.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/16/12 - 03:47 pm
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There should definitely be

There should definitely be charges, as many as possible. It did sound very unlikely that the captor allowed his captive to be free enough to seek help. But you never know; criminals aren't nearly as smart as they used to be especially the ones involved with drugs.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/16/12 - 03:48 pm
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Someone was charged with a

Someone was charged with a crime they didn't commit due to a false report and they havn't charged them with anything?

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/16/12 - 05:47 pm
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bdouglas, I thought the same thing.
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However, most criminals, and people in general, arent to bright these days.

What stupid young people. Now they will have a record, or at least they should be charged. Maybe this will humiliate hem enough they will leave the drugs alone!!

Patty-P, While I agree they should be charged and the guy is charged with a crime he didn't commit, I don't feel bad for him. He had guns, hes a drug dealer. He was up to no good and probably WAS going to rob them if he had the time. No sympathy here. lol

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/16/12 - 05:58 pm
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All I can say is...

Just...Wow!!!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/16/12 - 07:30 pm
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Civilization
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at its best.

shaleah73
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shaleah73 07/17/12 - 07:22 am
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First of all, how could there

First of all, how could there be a clerk if the store was closed????

my.voice
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my.voice 07/17/12 - 12:29 pm
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I have to go with Shaleah73

I have to go with Shaleah73 on this one, the story, as written, doesn't make any sense.

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