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Crime & Courts

DeKalb police: Robbery reports were made up

DeKALB – Two men who told local police they were robbed in separate incidents, one purportedly involving a gun, now face charges alleging they lied about the incidents, authorities said.

Brian Thomas, 18, of South Holland, reported to Northern Illinois University Police that he was robbed at gunpoint of a laptop and about $60 in cash about 9:45 p.m. Nov. 17 while walking in the 1200 block of Varsity Boulevard in DeKalb.

During their investigation, police learned Thomas was actually involved in a drug transaction in a different city a few days earlier when something belonging to him was stolen, and he made the false report to account for his missing property, according to a DeKalb police news release issued Wednesday.

A judge Wednesday issued a warrant for Thomas’ arrest for making a false report to police.

In a separate incident, Joshua Goddard, 20, of Winfield, told a student worker at NIU – who then called police – that he was robbed while walking about 3 a.m. Nov. 21 in the 600 block of North Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb.

Goddard, who initially gave police the same story about being robbed, later said he accidentally injured himself and concocted the robbery story when a student worker at NIU asked about the injury, which did not require medical attention.

Goddard surrendered to police on Tuesday. He was wanted on a charge of making a false report to police.

Both incidents occurred about a month after a 26-year-old DeKalb man lied to police about being attacked on a bike path near the DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, 2600 N. Annie Glidden Road, which is west of DeKalb High School. Jacob B. Garcia, of the 800 block of Bel Air Lane, also was charged with filing a false police report.

Garcia called police about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and said a man had hit him in the head and dragged him into a ditch. He was treated for a minor injury at Kishwaukee Hospital and released that day, but within a few hours, DeKalb police said they believed he had made up the story.

DeKalb Police Sgt. Craig Woodruff said there was no connection between the three false reports. False reports waste police resources and can scare other local residents, but police investigate them thoroughly before determining they are false, Woodruff said.

“We’re always very careful that we don’t want to find something that is false when it’s not,” Woodruff said. “We thoroughly make sure of that before we publicize it. We don’t want someone to recant because it’s convenient.”

• News Editor Jillian Duchnowski contributed to this report.

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