Santa Maria Man Arrested for Making False Police Report
Orcutt - March 30th, 2017
A Santa Maria man who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint at a bar in Orcutt was arrested yesterday, March 29, 2017, on charges of filing a false police report. 25-year-old KC Dopp was taken into custody at his residence after an investigation revealed that his allegations were false.
On March 28, 2017, Dopp told Sheriff’s deputies that he was approached by two male suspects in the bathroom at Rooney’s Irish Pub located in the 200 block of S. Broadway Street in Orcutt. Dopp claimed that one of the suspects displayed a gun and demanded money. Dopp told deputies he was then driven to a bank in the City of Santa Maria and forced to withdraw money from an ATM. Once he handed the money over, Dopp reported he was driven back to Orcutt and dropped off at the bar.
Sheriff’s deputies responded and conducted an investigation. Through the course of the investigation, which included surveillance video from the bar, interviews with the alleged suspects and statements from Dopp, Sheriff’s deputies determined the crime never occurred. Dopp was arrested at his residence and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for violation of Penal Code 148.5 which states:
(a) Every person who reports to any peace officer listed in Section 830.1 or 830.2, or subdivision (a) of Section 830.33, the Attorney General, or a deputy attorney general, or a district attorney, or a deputy district attorney that a felony or misdemeanor has been committed, knowing the report to be false, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to take this opportunity to remind citizens that filing a false police report is not only a crime, but it takes up valuable time and resources which can divert attention away from people who actually are the victims of a crime and need law enforcement assistance.
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