September Mr. Tire Robbery Report Turns Out Bogus

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Dec. 7, 2007)—Police in Calvert County say a burglary report filed by Jason E. Morrone, 33 of Chesapeake Beach on Sept. 15 was bogus. Morrone was subsequently charged with making a false statement to a police officer.

On September 15, 2007 units from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Mr. Tire store located in Dunkirk for the report of an armed robbery. Morrone, the assumed victim, advised a member of the Calvert Investigative Team he had been robbed that evening while closing the store. Morrone told police that two men advanced at him, one jumping the counter armed with a handgun, and the second punching Morrone in the face before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Investigation by Sgt. Ronald Naughton of the Calvert Investigative Team revealed that no robbery had taken place and during subsequent questioning of the victim, Morrone, he admitted to having staged the robbery himself.

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