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DECATUR — Police said a Decatur woman who staged a fake robbery at a video gambling business where she was employed was given away by a text message sent from her cell phone that said, “U gotta make it look like u really robbing me.”

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the robbery happened on May 6 at Debbie’s Video Gaming, 3611 East U.S. 36, but detectives did not locate and arrest the 21-year-old woman until Friday evening. She was booked on preliminary charges of burglary, filing a false report of an offense and disorderly conduct, all subject to review by the Macon County State Attorney’s Office.

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The affidavit said the woman originally reported being robbed just before 12:30 a.m. May 6 by two armed men. She said they threatened to “shoot her in the face” before stealing $586.

But the affidavit said police became suspicious after video surveillance showed the woman turning off illuminated “open” signs at 11:30 p.m. the night of the robbery. She then closed window blinds along the wall facing U.S. 36 before two men wearing hooded sweatshirts are seen entering the business, police said. The owner told police the gambling parlor should be open until 2 a.m. before its signs are turned off.

Detectives obtained a warrant for the woman’s cell phone and found the incriminating message, which had been sent just 16 minutes before the robbery allegedly occurred, police said.

The woman bonded out of Macon County Jail after posting $10,000 bail. A call to Debbie’s Video Gaming seeking comment was not immediately returned Monday evening.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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