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Moraga robbery story turns out to be fake

By scarney
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 2:35 pm in Crime, Moraga.

The robbery at knifepoint that was reported to have taken place in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center on Feb. 28 has turned out to be a false report by the alleged victim.

According to police, the alleged victim who reported the crime made the story up as a way of seeing how police would react to a report of a crime.

The report led to a manhunt throughout Lamorinda by all three local law enforcement agencies, a sketch artist working with the victim to create a sketch of the robber, and hours of investigation into the crime.

Yang Chen, 25, of Walnut Creek, who made the false report is being charged with filing a false police report.

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