December 20, 2014

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Police say store robbery report is a hoax

LORAIN — A report of an armed robbery at the T-Mobile store at 1111 Meister Road around 2 p.m. Wednesday was a hoax, police said.

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Store manager and city resident Todd Daniels has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report and a theft charge is pending, according to police spokesman Lt. Roger Watkins.

Daniels told police a man hanging around the store around 9 a.m. asked for help with his phone. Daniels said the store was closed due to snow, but when he reopened the store around 2 p.m., he said the man came in and pointed a pistol at him, according to police.

Daniels said the robber took about $300 in cash from registers and $5,000 from a safe, ordered him into the store bathroom and threatened to shoot him if he came out.

Daniels, 48, also said the robber stole the store’s DVR and surveillance system. But Watkins said police obtained surveillance video from the nearby McDonald’s restaurant that showed no one had entered the T-Mobile store when Daniels said the robbery occurred.

Watkins said when Daniels came to the police station to file a report he was searched and had $800 on him. Search warrants were obtained for Daniels’ car and his home at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of East Erie Avenue.

Watkins said $750 was found in the car, as well as a half-pound of marijuana, which has an approximate street value of $500. More than $3,000 was found in the home.

Daniels was being held without bond Sunday night at Lorain City Jail. He is due today in Lorain Municipal Court.