WATCHUNG, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey video game store manager was accused Monday of conspiring with two others to fake a robbery at the store last week.
Ethan Hendrix, 22, reported a robbery Thursday night at the Game Stop in Watchung where he was manager, according to Somerset County, N.J. prosecutors.
Hendrix claimed a black male had stormed into the store and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him, then ordered him to lock the store’s front door.
Hendrix told police the man then took an undisclosed amount of cash and electronics from the store and hit him in the head with the handgun as he left.
But after reviewing store security footage, police concluded that no such thing ever happened.
Police said they noticed inconsistencies between Hendrix’ statement and the surveillance footage. The video allegedly showed William Curry, 20, of Plainfield, N.J., and a 17-year-old boy interacting with Hendrix “in an apparently familiar manner inside the store.”
Police said what actually happened was that Hendrix and his alleged accomplices worked together to loot the store. A Daily Record report said after allegedly reporting the false robbery to police, Hendrix allegedly met with the other two suspects to divvy up proceeds they had stolen in a theft they had been planning for days.
Authorities said they found evidence $783 of $1,125 in cash that was stolen, as well as electronics, at Hendrix’s home, the publication reported. The teen told police he got $18.75 in quarters for helping in the robbery, while Curry said he took $300, the publication reported.
All three suspects were charged with theft by deception, conspiracy to commit theft, and possession of an imitation firearm, the publication reported.
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