Police: Woman’s social media story about robbery at Moore store was made up

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MOORE, Okla. - Police in Moore are warning residents about publicly posting false information after a woman's elaborate story was shared thousands of times online.

On Sunday, a Facebook post caught the attention of Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis.

In the post, a woman claims she was mugged at the JCPenney store in Moore. The woman's sister also posted a police report was filed.

"And, when they contacted the police, apparently, there were several incidents like that, and one was occurring while they were making the police report,” Lewis said about the post.

However, investigators said none of it is true.

Lewis was actually patrolling the JCPenney parking lot when the woman claimed the robbery occurred.

"We didn't have any calls even remotely in that area or involving strong-arm robberies,” Lewis said.

After seeing the post, Lewis contacted the store and learned store associates hadn't received any reports of a robbery in their parking lot either.

In fact, officials said there is no evidence the woman was even at the store.

"We since have proven that, after going to JCPenney and looking over more than an hour of surveillance video, she wasn't there,” Lewis said.

On Monday, investigators tracked down the woman and brought her to the police department for questioning. Once at the department, they learned she made the entire story up.

"Eventually, was backed into a corner, where she admitted that she lost her money at the casino and came up with this elaborate story," he said.

However, investigators said the elaborate lies were shared thousands of times on social media.

The post has since been deleted, but officials said it could still hurt the business and put a community on edge.

Moore police said they will now present charges to the district attorney for making a false police report.

"We have someone that goes and loses money at a casino, makes up a big story and really tries to make the city look bad, and we take that very serious,” Lewis said.

Police said they haven't had a single crime report at the JCPenney store in over a month.

They said this also is a good reminder to be wary when sharing on social media.

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