PLEASANTON -- A woman who reported she was robbed by two men who then attempted to take her infant son was arrested Tuesday for filing a false police report.
On May 15, Jennifer Flores, 23, told police she had been robbed and that her son had nearly been kidnapped when two suspects took off with her purse and the stroller she was pushing, her son still inside.
But, as detectives spent more time with Flores, they discovered several inconsistencies in her report, according to Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber of the Pleasanton Police Department.
Detectives were able to look over surveillance video of Flores leaving her purse at a Domino's Pizza in Pleasanton one hour before she reported the robbery. The video then showed the purse with Domino's employees during the same time Flores said the crime occurred.
The next day, video showed Flores return to the restaurant to pick up the purse she reported stolen, Schlehuber said. Even after Flores recovered her purse from the restaurant, she continued to lie to detectives and insist the story of the robbery and attempted kidnapping of her infant son were true, Schlehuber said.
When Flores was arrested outside her work in Dublin around 3 p.m. Tuesday, police found the same purse she had reported stolen, Schlehuber said. Flores finally admitted she made up the whole story.
She was booked into Santa Rita Jail on $10,000 bail.
According to Schlehuber, the Pleasanton Police Department spent approximately $2,980 dollars in staff time and resources to investigate the case. The Alameda County District Attorney will be seeking restitution on behalf of the City of Pleasanton.
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