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Need a Ride Home? Don't Call Cops to Say You've Been Robbed...

On display is the just announced cellphone watch by LG that is being shown at the LG booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

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LA PLATA, Md. (CBS/AP) Desperate times call for desperate measures.

A man in Maryland called 911 and made up a story about being robbed at gunpoint...just so the police would give him a ride home, says the Charles County sheriff's office.

Authorities were called to Hawthorn Rd. in Ripley for a reported armed robbery on Thursday, May 6. When questioned about the incident, the man told officers that he had been walking on Route 225 when a car stopped and someone pulled out a gun and put it to his head. The alleged bad guys demanded money, and the man claimed that he forked over everything he had and the suspects drove away.

Or so the story goes.

But it didn't add up for the officers, who searched the area and noticed lots of inconsistencies in the "victim's" account.

Realizing his goof, the man admitted he made up the story because he needed a ride home. And, oh yeah - apparently, he was out of cell phone minutes and 911 was the only number he could still call.

Officials say charges against the caller are pending. Charles County police don't seem to think cell phone bills are punishment enough.

  • Caroline Black

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