A cell phone store employee claimed he was robbed Monday, but Anne Arundel County police say he made the story up to cover his own theft.
Police officers went to the Metro PCS store in the 5600 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park just before noon Monday to investigate a reported robbery.
A store employee told police that two people had walked in, showed a handgun, announced they were robbing the store and made off with money from the business.
Police said one of the officers noticed the employee had a ladder, and after checking the rear of the business, officers found money hidden in the ceiling. Police said that when confronted, the employee acknowledged he reported the robbery to cover up his theft.
Bhaumin Bhrugesh Vyas, 26, of Hopkins Way in Clarksville was charged with making a false statement to police and theft of less than $1,000, according to court records.