Police say Ft. Payne store manager filed false robbery report

Published: Jun. 16, 2015 at 9:49 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2015 at 9:49 PM CDT
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FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) - A Fort Payne retail store manager is now charged after police say she faked a robbery of the store's bank deposit.

Heather Dawn Swearengin of Fyffe is now charged with first-degree theft and filing a false report.

Police say the woman claimed to have left the Burke's Outlet store with the store's deposit Sunday afternoon heading to the bank.

When questioned, she gave police a detailed description of the robber and vehicle that she said she encountered at the intersection of 5th Street and Grand Avenue.

But police say video surveillance of the area showed it never happened. They said she was asked to come back to talk further with investigators.

According to police, she came in the next day with her attorney and invoked her 5th Amendment rights and didn't wish to talk.

Swearengin was placed in the DeKalb County Jail on $16,000 bond.

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