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Woman charged with filing false crime report, problem growing

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A Savannah woman has been charged with false report of a crime Thursday after confessing she lied when she reported a car she was driving was stolen at gunpoint.

Rebekah Emma Mayner, 30, reported to SCMPD on Sunday that two men had robbed her of $30 and taken a white 2009 Dodge Challenger that belonged to her boyfriend.

The arrest illustrates a significant issue for Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police. At least 28 people have been charged with filing false reports so far this year.

Complaints range from suspects who reported robberies after accidentally shooting themselves, those who report vehicles stolen after they have been involved in accidents and even a woman who confessed to falsely accusing her former husband of a sexual assault.

"These false reports tie up a significant amount of resources," said Police Chief Julie Tolbert in a statement. "Officers are pulled off their assigned duties to locate, secure and protect the crime scenes. Forensics investigators are brought in to document the sites. And detectives are reassigned from active investigations to these fraudulent cases. No police department can afford to waste such resources. And these investigations prevent officers from their assigned duties that enhance the safety of our community. This won't be tolerated and we will charge everyone who files fraudulent reports accordingly."

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