ELYRIA — Police said an Elyria man filed a false police report, claiming he had been robbed by gunpoint, to avoid disciplinary action at work.
On Sept. 3, James Novak told police he had been robbed by a suspect toting a gun while he was driving to Fifth Third Bank, at Broad Street and East Avenue, to deposit money from Certified Gas.
Novak was an assistant manager at the gas station and had $4,168 in a clear plastic bag when he claimed that a man walked up to his driver’s window with a gun while he was stopped at Chestnut Street making a left turn.
Novak told police he was driving around to check prices at other gas stations before he went to the bank and that the suspect had noticed the clear bag, which was lying on the passenger’s seat.
Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said police learned that Novak’s story was a lie that he made up to avoid disciplinary action at work.
Novak admitted to leaving the money in his unoccupied truck at the gas station when it was stolen — a violation of the company’s policy.
He was charged with making false alarms on Sept. 19.