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DECATUR — A gas station convenience store clerk told police she felt sorry for a homeless man and handed him $800 out of the till, covering up the donation to make it look like a robbery.

The 33-year-old woman was booked Wednesday on preliminary charges of theft and filing a false police report in the incident, which dates to 5:40 a.m. Nov. 12 at Fas Mart, 2405 N. 22nd St.

Detectives were suspicious of her robbery story, and a sworn Decatur police affidavit said she was arrested after being called to police headquarters for questioning. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney’s office.

Writing in the affidavit, detective Jason Derbort said the woman admitted her robbery story wasn’t true and, instead, described giving the money to the homeless man after deciding to “help him out.”

“(She) stated the man gave her back approximately half of the money she turned over to him,” Derbort said. “She stated the man put the money in the front passenger seat of her car, and (the cash) totaled $459.”

Derbort quoted the woman as saying she cooked up the robbery story after a customer asked her what was going on.

“... She decided she needed to call the police to report this as a robbery as she did not know how to explain the missing money to her boss,” Derbort said.

The woman remained held in the Macon County Jail on Thursday night, in lieu of posting $5,000 bail. A message left with Fas Mart management seeking comment was not immediately returned Thursday.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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