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SCHERERVILLE — Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Pizza Hut on West Lincoln Highway Thursday morning, only to later learn it never even happened.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Cook said the restaurant's assistant manger admitted to stealing the money and making the false report to officers in order to cover his alleged crime.

Cook said the employee initially told police a white man had entered the Pizza Hut about 9 a.m. as he was opening the Schererville business. He said the alleged suspect then pulled a gun out, stole the bank deposit and fled in a red Toyota.

Officers learned the truth while taking the man's official statement, Cook said. Police recovered the stolen money from his vehicle.

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Cook said the man has been released pending formal charges.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.