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Woman chargedwith lying to police

Published August 05. 2013 05:06PM

Nesquehoning police have charged a borough woman with lying to authorities.

Bobbie Jo Simmons, 32, of 315 E. Catawissa St., is charged with making false reports and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Chief Sean T. Smith:

At about 11:55 p.m. July 7, Simmons came to the police station and asked to speak with Smith. She said officer O'Brien called her in the previous night to give a statement concerning an unrelated incident. She said O'Brien searched her purse, where she had two diamond rings. She said O'Brien seized and kept the purse and the rings.

Smith told her that if that was true, O'Brien would have had to inventory the items, and that Smith had not seen them. Smith told her to return to the station at 7 a.m. July 10, when O'Brien would be working. She could ask him for the items, and sign a receipt.

About 15 minutes later, Simmons returned, along with her former fiance, William Crostley. The two appeared to be engaged in a heavy argument. When Smith came to the door, Simmons told him to tell Crostley that police had her rings and that she could get them back on July 10. She told Smith that Crostley accused her of selling his $5,500 engagement ring.

Simmons kept telling Smith to tell Crostley that O'Brien had the rings, and that she could get them back on July 10.

Smith told Crostley that if there were rings in the purse, and if police had the purse, and that Simmons would have to sign a property receipt to get them back. He also said he had to speak with O'Brien.

Crostley was upset, and described the ring just as Simmons had earlier described it to Smith.

Smith thought Simmons was acting suspiciously. He went back into the station, and did not see the purse or rings.

Upon further investigation, Smith learned that Simmons had sold both rings to local pawn shops in June for a total of $472.

Smith interviewed Simmons, who gave a full written confession that O'Brien had never seized her purse or had possession of her rings. She admitted to making that up so she wouldn't get into trouble with Crostley, and so she could buy heroin.

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