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Falsely reporting a crime could get you in big trouble

The man reported being kidnapped and robbed outside 1306 Cypress Street The man reported being kidnapped and robbed outside 1306 Cypress Street
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta Police are reminding people that falsely reporting a crime could land them in jail.

Around 7:30 Saturday morning, a 38 year-old Valdosta man called police and reported that two people had approached him at 1306 Cypress Street Friday night, placed a hood over his head, forced him into a car at gunpoint, and robbed him.

After investigating, detectives determined that the man made up the story because he was actually just drunk Friday night and had lost the reportedly stolen items.

"It's a misdemeanor, up to 12 months in jail and up to a thousand dollar fine," said Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. "We definitely don't want to waste our time tryin' to investigate somethin' that actually didn't happen when there's real victims out there that need our help."

As of Monday afternoon, investigators were still working working to determine if charges would be filed against the man.

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