Portage Police investigating a report last week of an armed robbery at the
pumps of the Marathon gas station at 6264 U.S. Highway 20 had a hard time
initially confirming the victim’s account of events.
The surveillance camera failed to record the incident and the clerk on duty
at the time saw nothing suspicious. On top of that, the victim waited at
least 10 to 20 minutes to report the robbery.
Turns out, there was a reason for investigators’ frustration: in fact the
robbery never occurred, police said.
On Tuesday, the purported victim, Gabrielle Shinall, 19, of 5960 Old Porter
Road, No. 108, was charged with misdemeanor false reporting, police said.
“After the detective reviewed surveillance video from the scene, spoke with
employees, and interviewed the reported victim, it was determined the
robbery was fabricated,” police said.
Shinall admitted falsely reporting the robbery after a relative used her
debit/credit card to make unauthorized charges for which she didn’t want to
be held responsible, police said.
At 7:02 p.m. May 13, Shinall told police that she was preparing to fuel her
vehicle at the Marathon when a male subject approached her, presented a
handgun, aimed it at her abdomen, and instructed her to give him
Shinall then told police that she gave the man her debit card and purse and
that the suspect fled the scene in a gold minivan.