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NE Pa. 'robbery' may have been prank, police say

Published March 23. 2014 05:00PM

BLAKELY, Pa. (AP) — Police in a tiny northeastern Pennsylvania borough say a reported robbery near an automatic teller machine may have been a prank, though they're not sure whether the alleged victim — or the police themselves — were the victim.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) says police in Blakely were called about 6:45 a.m. Saturday by a man who said he was making a deposit when another man drove up with a gun and demanded money. The victim drove away and was followed by the other man, prompting police to issue an alert to other nearby departments.

But now police say the victim is claiming he learned the incident was a joke after he went to work.

Police might charge the victim with obstructing justice if his report was false, or the man who pulled the prank, if that's what occurred.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,


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