Police find holes in sock theft story

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau teen made up a story that he was forced at gunpoint to give up his cell phone, checkbook and socks, police say.

Investigators spent a lot of time on the case before determining that the complaint was fabricated, police said in a statement.

The 16-year-old youth, who hasn't been identified, reported the robbery earlier this month to conceal from his parents that he'd lost his cell phone.

On the night of Dec. 15, he told police that a man with a handgun had confronted him as he got out of his vehicle in a Juneau parking lot. The teen told police then that the man ordered him to empty his pockets and then demanded his socks.

The cell phone that the teen said was stolen was later recovered and turned in to police.

The youth faces a misdemeanor charge in juvenile court of filing a false report, police said.

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