Hillsville woman charged after false armed robbery claim

Staff Report

A Hillsville woman has been charged with embezzlement and obstruction of justice after police say a false call was made about an armed robbery at a Hillsville business.

According to Hillsville Police Department Detective Robert Martin, HPD was dispatched to Roadrider Marker (previously known as TNT Grocery) on 958 South Main Street in Hillsville at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday for an armed robbery in progress. Martin said the clerk told officers two suspects came into the store and held her at gunpoint before taking money from the register and possibly fleeing on foot. Martin said officers searched the area for suspects and were unable to locate the suspects.

“The search for the suspects was cancelled and investigators were able to locate the money and determine that no robbery had taken place,” Martin said. “The clerk, Autumn Brooke Stanley, age 27 from Hillsville, was taken into custody and charged with embezzlement and obstruction of justice. Other charges are pending further investigation.”

Martin said Stanley was the only employee in the store when officers arrived on scene. Thankfully, no one was injured, he said. Martin said the money officers located as a result of their investigation was “a large sum of money.”


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