MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Macon Police arrested a Milledgeville woman for reporting a false crime.
It's the second arrest for reporting a false crime in less then a week, and Macon Police say they're not playing around when it comes to the consequences.
"It takes up a lot of manpower because if someone's reporting a burglary or maybe even a serious crime like over in CID, then the crime still has to be investigated," says Lieutenant David Freeland, Property Division.
Freeland says every call that comes in is taken seriously. On Tuesday, Marquetta King led police to believe that a man pointed a gun at her at the Long John Silver's on Shurling Drive and then demanded money.
King didn't convince investigators her story was legitimate, so they dug a little deeper. King admitted to lying, and was arrested and charged with false report of a crime. She has since been released on a $1,300 bail.
Freeland says it's a misdemeanor charge that can land a first-time offender in jail for up to a year. Making false statements can also have dangerous consequences for officers.
"If they're calling in and saying I'm being robbed right now, you still have to have units that respond to that call, and code, and running a little bit faster out there where someone could actually get hurt or injured," says Freeland.