ATM Robbery Could be Prank: Police

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    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.