Columbus police said a teenage employee at a laundry business lied about an armed robbery Friday so he could pocket the money himself.
Denzell Jackson, 19, was charged with making a false report of a crime — a misdemeanor. He was freed on bond Saturday from the Muscogee County Jail.
Officers were called late Friday to Eco-Clean Laundry, 4699 Buena Vista Road, where they met with Jackson. The employee told police he was in the store around 10:30 p.m. when a man came in and robbed the business of $519 at gunpoint, said Columbus Police Lt. Charles Kennedy.
After investigating the scene, however, officers decided to bring Jackson to the Public Safety Center for further questioning. They also called in the store owner.
“Stuff didn’t look right out there,” Kennedy said. “It didn’t add up.”
While at police headquarters, Jackson confessed he had made up the robbery story and had taken the money himself, Kennedy said. Jackson returned all the money.