Massillon police say woman who claimed she was robbed while shopping was lying

MASSILLON, Ohio — Massillon police have determined that a woman who claimed she was robbed while shopping back in December was actually lying.

According to a post on the department’s social media page, she had told officers that she had just left a store at Massillon Marketplace and noticed a man looking for a cellphone underneath her car in the parking lot. When she went to go help him, she says he grabbed her purse and ran away.

After checking surveillance cameras and conducting interviews, officers realized she had made up the entire story.

Police want shoppers to know that the area is safe. However, people are encouraged to remain cautious and report anything suspicious.

They also went on to say that appropriate charges have been filed in this case.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on January 2nd, 2019 to reflect new information provided by police.

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