Southern Pines police: Woman faked burglary to keep computer
Posted November 26, 2014
Southern Pines, N.C. — 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.