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Police: Man loses $1,000 football bet, makes up robbery story

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison police eventually got the truth from a man they say lied about a robbery so that his parents wouldn’t find out about a bad sports bet Sunday Night on the city’s near west side.

The 20-year-old told police two men approached him in a Regent Street drive-thru Sunday night and demanded money from him at knifepoint, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

The man then said he drove the robbers to an ATM in the U.S. Bank parking lot at 3609 University Ave. where he withdrew $1,000. He told authorities the two robbers fled on foot while he called police just after 11 p.m.

Police say they told the man he was in luck because ATMs usually have surveillance cameras. This prompted the man to allegedly change his story. He said the robbers got out of the car before he pulled up to the ATM.

An officer, according to police, asked the man why he didn’t simply drive away now that the robbers were no longer in his car.

“It unraveled from there, and the young man eventually acknowledged losing a large bet on an NFL game,” police said. “He evidently must still be somewhat on his parents’ dime, because he didn’t want them to know the truth of why his bank account was now a $1,000 short.”

Police told the man how dangerous making up a story about armed robbers was, especially considering law enforcement from multiple departments, including Madison, the university and Shorewood Hills had responded “in full emergency mode.”

Police thanked the man for eventually telling the truth and cited him for obstruction and misuse of 911.

Amber Meyer

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