Police impersonator story a hoax

By on May 1, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
The woman who claimed to be a victim of a robbery conducted by a man impersonating a police officer has confessed that the incident never took place.

Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer said they brought the 32-year-old Yorkville resident in on Wednesday night for further questioning when the investigation revealed inconsistencies in her story.

She was charged on Thursday afternoon with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, for filing a false police report.

“It may just be a sign of the times,” Sizer said.

The woman and her husband had both recently lost their jobs. With a family of three children including a new baby, the woman sold her jewelry for money to pay her bills. She made up the story about the robbery to cover up her plight.

“It was more of a crime of desperation,” he said. “I don’t think she had any idea it would attract this much attention.”

Sizer said if there is something good that came of this, it is that the system worked well to get the word out.

“The media response was phenomenal,” he said. “The public response was overwhelming. We had calls from all over the place. Virtually everyone we talked to was aware of it.”

Sizer said they received dozens of leads and the department followed up on them. The down side was the number of man hours spent following this complaint.

“We were taking this thing very seriously,” he said.