LSU PD sees spike in false police reports

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU Police say they normally have one or two false reports of violent crimes each year. Right now, they've had four since August.

"I think that's absolutely ridiculous," said LSU student Caroline Gremillion. "I'm not really sure why anyone would do that."

LSU Police Captain Cory Lalonde says as crazy as it sounds, since August four students have told campus police they were victims of armed robbery or robbery. Turns out, those crimes never happened. Lalonde says the excuses for lying ran the gambit - everything from not knowing what to do after losing rent money to a prank on friends that got out of hand.

"But even at that point the person had the opportunity to cut it short and tell the truth at that point, but didn't," said Lalonde.

Lalonde says all four students were arrested for criminal mischief, which is punishable by up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Lieutenant Jeffrey Metzger says the biggest problem with these false reports is that it takes officers away from solving real crimes and that goes beyond LSU's campus.

"It affects city police department and the sheriff's department because we notify them, as well, as soon as we have these incidents reported in case the suspects would be heading to their jurisdictions or their area," said Metzger.

Students we spoke to say they're ashamed of their fellow student who would go these lengths to waste law enforcement's time.

"No, there's no legitimate reason to make a false claim like all," said Dominique Shaw.

"It just makes me super embarrassed that people my age would do that," said Caroline Gremillion.

"It is embarrassing," said Mary Johnston."There's absolutely no reason to cause this kind of stir at this level."

Captain Lalonde still wants students to call police for help but only when someone is actually in danger.

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