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UPDATE: Sunoco Robbery Suspects Sought

After briefly detaining two subjects that fit the description of the alleged Sunoco victim this afternoon, police found that the reports were false.

[Updated 7:35 p.m.]

According to Upper Moreland Police, the victim who reported to police on being robbed by suspects at a Sunoco gas station, at Warminster and County Line roads, earlier this afternoon, turned out to be a false report.

The alleged victim told police that he had been beaten and robbed by two Hispanic males. According to police, the K9 units and patrol officers from multiple jurisdictions assisted in the search for the suspects, resulting in the brief detaining of two subjects, per the alleged victim's descriptions.

"The victim lied about the entire incident and has been arrested for making a false report to the police and ethnic intimidation for blaming two Hispanic males for a fabricated crime," Upper Moreland Police chief Thomas Nestel said in a Nixle report. "Thank you for your help and my apologies for alarming you."

According to police, the alleged victim is now in police custody.

[Below is original story.]

Upper Moreland Police reported two suspects wanted in a robbery of a Sunoco mini-mart, located at Warminster and County Line roads in Hatboro.

The suspects were reported to have robbed the Sunoco patron early this afternoon.

The suspects are described as Hispanic males, wearing t-shirts and shorts, and are believed to be 18-20 years old. Police report that the pair fled on foot, and are presently being tracked by K9 units from Warminster and Abington Townships.

If you see anyone fitting this description in that area, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Pumpkin April 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
So, you can be charged with ethnic intimidation JUST for NAMING an ETHNICITY in a report? That BS charge won't stick. The police ASK you to describe the perps. Any word on WHY this dope would do this? I assume they stole $ from the store themselves?
Pumpkin April 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
So, you can be charged with ethnic intimidation JUST for NAMING an ETHNICITY in a report? That BS charge won't stick. The police ASK you to describe the perps.
Gerry Dungan April 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Hi Pumpikin - thanks for your comments - After confirming with Upper Moreland Police, there was no robbery of any kind that took place. UMPD explained, aside from the false reports charge, the 'ethnic intimidation' charge was made due to the reporting party's fabricated description that led police to detain two Hispanic men. UMPD could not comment further as to why the false witness fabricated the story.
Jeff Mahon April 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM
When you waste tax payers money and time. The police will make anything stick. Like a good ole salesman I knew used to say. "If the crap sticks on the wall, go with it." So I hope this person that made this false report pays the time for wasting my Tax payer money.
Gerry Dungan April 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM
While HarleyGirl04's comment is appreciated, her comment had to be removed, because it is a breach of Patch's Terms of Service (http://uppermoreland.patch.com/terms) - profanity won't be accepted in the comments section - Thanks.

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