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Springetts Police: Man lied about being robbed at Walmart
A York-area man who told police he was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Springettsbury Township Walmart will be charged with making a false report, police said.
Stephan Pindell, 34, of Ogontz Street in Spring Garden Township, fabricated the report, which was made on July 12, according to Springettsbury Township Police Sgt. Brian Wilbur.
Detective Christopher Ford, who was investigating the purported robbery, viewed security video from the Walmart parking lot, which showed Pindell walking back to his vehicle from the store, police said.
Pindell sat in his car for several minutes, then got out, went back into Walmart and reported that he had just been robbed, Wilbur said.
He previously told police that he'd been robbed by three young black males, one of whom was brandishing a gun, but the video footage shows nothing like that, according to the sergeant. Pindell claimed it happened at 11:36 a.m. July 12 in the parking lot of the Walmart at 2801 E. Market St.
Pindell told officers his wallet and watch were taken during the stickup, police said at the time.
Officers searched the area for about 90 minutes but couldn't locate the robbers, Springettsbury Township Police Lt. Tony Beam has said.
At the time, Beam noted that it's unusual for someone to be robbed in the shopping center parking lot.
Wilbur said investigators don't know why Pindell made up the robbery report.
Pindell has not returned phone messages left for him by Ford, the sergeant said.
A charge of making a false report has been filed against Pindell in the office of District Judge Barry Bloss, his office staff confirmed, but those charging documents weren't immediately available.
Pindell does not have a listed number and couldn't be reached for comment.
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