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Southern Pines police: Woman faked burglary to keep computer

Posted November 26, 2014

Southern Pines Police Department

— A Southern Pines woman was charged with filing a false police report after investigators said she faked a burglary to avoid having her laptop repossessed.

Southern Pines police officers said Wednesday that Tanya Michelle Issac, 33, reported a burglary Nov. 19 at her unit in Highland Apartments, 1650 Richards St. Responding officers found the entry and screen doors to her apartment were damaged, and Issac said her laptop and a jar of coins had been stolen.

After an investigation that included crime-scene processing, evidence collection, a neighborhood canvas and interviews, officers said Issac admitted she made up the story to keep Rent-A-Center from repossessing the computer.

Issac is scheduled for a first court appearance on Dec. 23 in Carthage.

“The Southern Pines Police Department has and will continue to pursue and seek prosecution of individuals who fabricate and subsequently falsely report incidents of crime,” investigators said in a statement.

The laptop was returned to the store.


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  • Sheila Moore Nov 26, 2014
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    Yeah, and she won't be able to pay off the fines and costs at $29 a week

  • anonemoose Nov 26, 2014

    Would you would be surprised that 80% of the gaming system theft reports that are taken involve "rent to own" systems that the payments are behind on?

  • yellow_hat Nov 26, 2014

    wow - you cannot make this stuff up!

  • LetsBeFair Nov 26, 2014

    Oh man, computers are so important today for people. Next time she should ask someone to help her get a computer ... they are so inexpensive today. Kinda feel bad for her.

  • A person Nov 26, 2014

    She'll have a merry Christmas

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Nov 26, 2014


  • Ronnie Merritt Nov 26, 2014
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    Don't these people know this stuff is easily trackable as soon as they connect to the internet? Wow, how little people know about internet capable devices...

  • VickLo Nov 26, 2014

    Wow! A jurisdiction that actually attempts to prevent and prosecute false police reports! Maybe they could send some people up to Granville County and show them how that can be done.

  • Edward Anderson Nov 26, 2014
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    Very classy lady.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 26, 2014

    How she gone be on facebook now?