A Hazelwood man who accused people on his street of robbing him turned the tables and broke into their home Tuesday while they were talking to police, Hazelwood Police reported.
The man later admitted to police making up the robbery story, according to a police report.
Sidney Brown, 22, of the 500 block of Lynn Haven in Hazelwood, was charged Tuesday with second-degree burglary.
Hazelwood Police said Brown told officers that people who live in the 700 block of Lynn Haven robbed him. Several people were arrested and were taken to the police station for questioning. Brown also went to the station to provide a statement and then left.
One of the suspects was released and returned home to find Brown driving away from the residence, police said. The rear door had been forced open and a computer was missing.
Police arrested Brown, who said he took a car battery but not the computer or any other property, according to court documents. Brown also acknowledged that he fabricated the robbery story.
Brown is being held in St. Louis County jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.
For more crime information on Hazelwood Patch, see the following articles:
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