Man Allegedly Reports Fake Robbery to Hide Drug Purchase

Gloucester Township police say a man who reported being robbed of $200 at gunpoint while at a convenience store fabricated the story to hide the fact that he'd used his paycheck to illegally purchase prescription pills.

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    A New Jersey man was arrested after he allegedly faked a robbery to hide the fact that he used his paycheck to buy drugs.

    Gloucester Township police say a man who reported being robbed of $200 at gunpoint while at a convenience store fabricated the story to hide the fact that he'd used his paycheck to illegally purchase prescription pills.

    Steven Santiago of Williamstown posted bail Thursday after being arrested on several charges, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance and filing a false report to law enforcement.
     
    Officers from the Gloucester Township and Winslow police departments responded after 33-year-old Santiago made a 911 call around 2:45 p.m. saying he'd been robbed while at a Wawa in Sicklerville.

    Police say a short time later it was discovered he'd fabricated the story.
     
    Santiago could not immediately be reached for comment.