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Cops say woman fabricated story that men robbed her of jewelry, cash on Mag Mile

Updated: May 17, 2013 11:37AM

Her story was a lie.

That’s the message Chicago police sent out Thursday night about a woman who claimed a group of young men robbed her of jewelry worth more than $200,000 and several thousand dollars worth of cash on the Magnificent Mile in broad daylight.

After reviewing surveillance footage, investigators determined that the robbery, which the woman said occurred Wednesday afternoon in the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue, was bogus.

“Chicago Police have determined that the reported Michigan Ave robbery of a 68-year-old woman yesterday is unfounded,” Chicago police spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement issued late Thursday. “Detectives confronted the victim with inconsistencies between her account of the incident and recovered video, and learned that the story was not true.”

The woman initially told police that the group of men threatened to hurt her if she didn’t hand over her valuables.

In an interview with with WLS-Channel 7, the woman blamed medication for the false report.

“I found the jewelry, and I must have been very confused. I’m on medication and something must have triggered this. I must have seen something. ...” she told WLS.

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