An arrest warrant was issued against a U.S. Postal Service worker after he admitted he lied to police about being robbed on the job.
Thomas Cook is wanted on charges of false report of a crime and false statements and writing, the LaGrange Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.
Cook allegedly told police he was delivering mail on Woodchase Drive when a man wearing a dark blue T-shirt and jeans approached him about 2 p.m. on Aug. 28. Cook said the man pulled out a pocket knife and told him to get out of his vehicle so he could take items out.
Cook told police he drove off and didn’t comply with the man’s demands, but his forearm was cut in the process.
LaGrange police opened an investigation, the statement said. Officers brought out police dogs and canvassed the area where the reported crime took place.
Cook later admitted that he made the story up, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603.
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.