An eastern Lincoln County man, who told police he was robbed at gunpoint on Monday, later admitted the incident to be a planned drug deal.
Timothy Paul Froneberger, of 8794 Hagars Ferry Road in Denver, called police just before 5 p.m. stating three people had robbed him at gunpoint in the Wal-Mart store parking lot on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton, according to a Lincolnton Police Department press release.
He was arrested on Tuesday.
Police said Froneberger claimed the trio, a man and two women, approached him in an orange vehicle while he waited for a friend inside his own car.
After the man exited the vehicle with a black handgun, Froneberger told police, he demanded his wallet.
Froneberger said the individuals stole his debit card and $20 in cash, according to the release.
Officers grew suspicious of the suspect’s story after learning he reported the alleged incident nearly an hour after he said it happened.
Froneberger’s story also changed multiple times during questioning, investigators said, and store surveillance showed contradictory evidence.
Froneberger later admitted to buying marijuana from the trio for $20 and filing the report after they didn’t return to the parking lot with money or drugs, according to the release.
The 21-year-old was charged with one count of filing a false police report and given a $1,000 unsecured bond.