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Police: Reported Mall Armed Robbery 'Did Not Occur'

The White Marsh Mall video surveillance footage did not support a report of an armed robbery on May 17, authorities said.

 

Baltimore County police have officially downgraded a from earlier this month. Investigators now believe the incident "did not occur," said Lt. Ron Brooks of the .

A teenage victim that two males—one holding a handgun—stole cash and a cell phone from him in the 8200 block of Perry Hall Blvd. at about 11:20 p.m. on May 17. Several police officers and a helicopter responded that night in search of suspects. 

Police later discovered that the victim and alleged suspects—all teenagers—knew each other. Mall video surveillance footage also did not support the victim's claimed location, Brooks said.

The victim also has stopped cooperating with police. There are no plans to arrest or charge anyone involved in the incident and it has been classified by police as a "non-criminal event," according to Brooks. 

Should there be consequences for victims who have stopped cooperating in investigations? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Tim May 31, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Nice waste of taxpayer money!
ARG May 31, 2012 at 08:10 PM
wow, all the time wasted investigating this non occurance could have been spent finding the serial burglars! I am sure the parents have excuses for why their children did this.
Marje Lentz June 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM
the young man needs help in more ways than one.
Red Dolphin June 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
they were covering something up ya think? or jjust in need of attention?
MUHAIR MUHAMMAD FAQSI June 04, 2012 at 03:17 PM
deff a deal went wrong

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