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Store Clerk Charged in Connection with Phony Robbery

by on August 26, 2013 3:46 PM

The woman who said last week that she was robbed outside of the Uni-Mart where she worked was charged Thursday with theft by deception and giving a false report to law enforcement, according to a criminal complaint.

Diane Chase, 51, of Julian, originally told police Tuesday that she was approached by a man in the East College Avenue Uni-Mart who took a bag of money from her and gave her superficial cuts with a sharp instrument. Chase was treated for four minor lacerations to her arms, police said. 

State College Police obtained video surveillance of the parking lot. The video reportedly shows Chase leaving the Uni-Mart and taking the money from the bank bag. The missing money amounted to $9,802.94.

According to police, Chase eventually told investigators that she made up the story about being robbed. Chase then told police that she was robbed last Monday near Gerald Street, but video surveillance disproved the story.

Chase is also charged with receiving stolen property and unsworn falsification to authorities.

Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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