A 39-year-old woman from Holt was arrested by police earlier today (Tuesday, June 4) for causing public mischief.
The woman contacted police about 9am, reporting that her handbag was stolen as she was walking along Starke Street in Holt by an unknown man. She alleged the man came up behind her and snatched her handbag before running off.
A number of cars from Belconnen Station responded to the incident along with a K9 unit from the Specialist Response Group.
Superintendent of North District Brett Kidner said that tying up of police resources on a false report is inexcusable.
“A sergeant and four constables, along with a K9 unit, responded to this call for help. After making a number of enquiries, responding police ascertained that the woman had made the whole thing up,” said Superintendent Kidner.
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“It is concerning that some people show no consideration for wasting police resources, in this instance for over three hours. The commitment of these resources to this task meant that they were not available to respond to other emergencies.”
The woman will be summonsed to attend the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
Public mischief is an offence under the Crimes Act 1900. The offence, if found guilty, is punishable by a fine of $2000, imprisonment for up to one year or both.
[Courtesy of ACT Policing]