Police: 7-Eleven clerk fakes robbery in scheme to steal $4,700 from Colorado Springs store

Clerk claimed robber knocked him out, police say

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police say they have arrested a 7-Eleven clerk accused of faking a violent robbery in a scheme to steal more than $4,700.

Police said they received three robbery panic alarms around 11:45 p.m. Sunday from the 7-Eleven at 2825 Briargate Blvd.

Arriving officers found the store clerk, 19-year-old Tyler Klein, lying on the floor, saying he'd been knocked out by a robber who made off with cash, police said.

Klein gave a description of his attacker and officers fanned out around the area, trying to capture the fleeing robber.

"The story being told by the clerk did not match the evidence presented to investigators," a police report said.

Under questioning, Klein "admitted to telling untruths," the report said.

"When we arrived on scene he was lying on the ground. We began our investigation and searching for a suspect, only to find out later there never was a suspect," police spokeswoman Barbara Miller told KRDO-TV.

The investigation "revealed an elaborate cover-up of an employee theft of over $4700 by falsely reporting a strong-arm robbery," the police report said.

Police said good detective work by responding officers and help from a store manager uncovered the scheme.

Klein was arrested on suspicion of false reporting and felony theft.

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