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Eddyville Man Charged with False Robbery Report
By West Kentucky Star Staff
KUTTAWA - An Eddyville man has been charged with reporting a false robbery incident.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Department reports that Friday around 7:00 pm, deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery 911 call at a Kuttawa business near I-24.

Deputies arrived at the scene and developed information concerning the alleged suspects and the suspects’ vehicle. 

The reported vehicle was last seen entering the I-24 east bound on-ramp and deputies initially requested Kentucky State Police to put out an all points bulletin for this vehicle and suspects to law enforcement agencies in Kentucky and neighboring states.

Deputies reviewed numerous security and surveillance video from area businesses and conducted interviews with management and front line employees of the businesses.

One of the cashier employees provided a statement to police that an unidentified dark skin male brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cash register before leaving the business with the stolen cash in the suspect vehicle.
 
The investigation by sheriff’s deputies determined the cashier of the business falsified the armed robbery report to law enforcement in order to cover his mishandling of money during a possible scam incident employed by the customer. 

It was also determined the cashier accepted money personally from the customer following the transaction.

The employee was identified as 27-year-old Mark A. Driver. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500 by complicity and falsely reporting an incident. 

Driver was taken to the Crittenden County Detention Center.
 
The identity of the customer has not yet been confirmed.

Published 07:15 AM, Sunday Sep. 13, 2020
Updated 10:11 PM, Saturday Sep. 12, 2020

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