Woman charged in false police report
URBANA — An Urbana woman who allegedly lied about who stole her cellphone, resulting in the arrest of her boyfriend, has been criminally charged.
Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said Officer Betsy Ranck continued to follow up on a hunch she had after Amy Tull, 25, of the 1200 block of South Vine Street, reported on Aug. 21 that a man she didn't know stole a recently purchased cellphone from her.
Tull's allegation led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Champaign man on Aug. 21, who was charged the next day with robbery and theft. Those charges were dismissed Thursday in the wake of Tull's arrest Wednesday evening.
Morgan said that Tull reported that she was walking near Lincoln Square about 10 p.m. Aug. 21 when a man she didn't know snatched a cellphone out of a bag she was carrying.
She gave police a description that led to the arrest of the Champaign man a few blocks away. Despite the man's claims that he knew Tull and that he had not stolen the phone, she continued to deny knowing him, and he was arrested.
Morgan said even after the man was charged, Ranck continued checking out his side of the story. She located videotape from a business where Tull and the man had been that showed that the two of them were together and did know each other.
Tull was charged Thursday with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, for allegedly making a false police report. If convicted, she faces penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison.
The man who had been criminally charged apparently spent a day in jail, posting $1,020 to be released on Aug. 22.