MIDLOTHIAN — After first deemed a suspect, Midlothian Police have cleared one man of a robbery and charged his sister with a Class B misdemeanor.
Lawrence Murley, 31, was initially arrested Wednesday, April 12 on outstanding felony warrants after he was believed to have robbed one woman in the parking lot of a Midlothian-based Dollar General. Officers initially responded to the robbery that took place in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store at 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday in the 100 block of E. Main St.
However, after conducting an investigation of the alleged act, Midlothian Police Capt. John Spann said investigators determined the initial "victim" turned out to be the crook.
"Investigators were able to determine the initial 'victim' in this case used the police and faked the robbery in order to resolve a civil dispute with her brother," Spann stated. "On April 14, the victim, now suspect in this case turned herself in on a warrant issued by Midlothian Police Department for False Report to a Police Officer, a Class B Misdemeanor."
Spann added the woman has posted the $3,500 bond for the charge.
In the initial release, Spann stated “The [woman] was approached in the parking lot of Dollar General Store by a dark skinned male subject with very short hair (who was) wearing an orange shirt. He took the victim's cell phone and wallet. He then got into a black four-door Cadillac possibly a 2004 model. The black Cadillac was also occupied by a white female in the front passenger seat who had long dark or black hair, glasses and a lip piercing (and was) wearing a pink shirt. It was also reported that there was a small child in the back seat of the Cadillac.”
Spann added that the black Cadillac left the location through the Shell and Jack in the Box parking lot and stated no weapon was displayed, and nobody was injured.
“Prior to the suspect being arrested, the victim admitted to police that it was her brother that had approached her and taken her property, which included a phone that was actually his,” said Spann during the initial investigation.