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St. Simons Island woman arrested after falsely reporting robbery, attempted sexual assault

Megan Wheat (Source: Glynn County Police Department) Megan Wheat (Source: Glynn County Police Department)

A 30-year-old Saint Simons Island woman has been arrested after police say she falsely reported a robbery and attempted sexual assault. 

Glynn County Police responded to the reported armed robbery, kidnapping, and sexual assault around 8:30, Sunday, June 10. The complainant, Megan Wheat, reported that she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a white man after withdrawing money from an ATM, then was forced to drive to a secluded location. She told police the man robbed her of $450 and attempted to sexually assault her before she was about to fight him off. 

Criminal investigators have spent many hours investigating the reported crime only to find Wheat guilty of falsely reporting a crime and making false statements. The investigation revealed she owed a person money for illegal narcotics. Officials say Wheat met with the person that Sunday and paid $460 towards her narcotics bill. According to Wheat, the person then punched her in the face because she was not paying the total amount she owed. Police say she then concocted the kidnapping, robbery, and attempted sexual assault story in hopes that her narcotics supplier would be arrested. Officials say Wheat went as far as to plant evidence to make her story more believable. 

"Anytime a crime as heinous as this is reported, the police department investigates it thoroughly in order to bring those responsible to justice," Glynn County Police Chief John Powell said in a release. "I am relieved to know that this report was a hoax."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Investigator Brad Butler at 912.554.7817. 

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