Acting Senior Superintendent Jeffrey George is warning members of the public to not waste police time after three persons pleaded guilty to falsely reporting to Roxborough police that a large sum of money was stolen from them.
“When reports are made to the police, in-depth and extensive inquiries will verify if these reports are true. If you know you are dishonest, do not make a report to the police. Come to us only with truth as you would want us to come to you with truth,” he said.
Groege comments followed the appearance in the Scarborough Magistrate Court of Selwyn John, his wife Ruth Salden John, and close friend Kenute Kennedy who were charged with wasteful employment of the police on Friday afternoon.
Reports are that on October 9, John of Iron Ridge, Zion Hill, Belle Garden reported to the Roxborough Police around 1:30pm that he was robbed by three masked men of $158,000. John and his wife, Ruth, who operate a play whe booth in Pembroke, told officers the men, one of them was armed with a firearm and two others armed with cutlasses, stopped them along the Zion Hill Connector Road. John also told officers the men place a log across the roadway blocking his path.
Following an investigation by police, John and his wife were detained when their story seemed suspicious. The couple confessed that the report was false. Upon interrogation, they also confessed they sought the assistance of Kennedy of Doctor Road, Pembroke to stage the ‘robbery.’