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Woman accused of making false report to get drug prescription

COVINGTON -- A woman was arrested by the Covington Police on Wednesday after she allegedly made a false report of a crime.

According to a CPD incident report, Lynn Tankersley, 29, of 50 Oaks Landing, was arrested and charged with filing a false report of a crime and making false statements and/or concealing facts to a law enforcement officer.

Officers were dispatched to Ingles grocery store on U.S. Highway 278 with the report of a robbery by snatch.

The report states Tankersley said she was walking toward Ingles with her child in her arms when a man came up from behind her and snatched her purse off her shoulder. She described her assailant as a black man, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, skinny, bald and wearing a white "wife-beater" shirt with black shorts. She said he took off running toward the Bypass Road.

Tankersley told the officer the man had taken her black Chanel purse and all she had in it was her license, food stamp card, $20 in cash and her prescription for Xanax.

"While speaking with the victim, she was as calm as can be after being robbed and she was more worried about her prescription being stolen," the officer stated. "I observed that her child was still in his car seat buckled up, and she kept on saying she needed to get another prescription from her doctor's office and needed a note from the police to get another one filled."

The officer became suspicious of the woman's story and told her if she was lying about the incident and all she was trying to do was get more Xanax, she would be placed under arrest.

"Tankersley stuck with her story about being robbed by a black male that ran towards Covington Bypass ... I asked Tankersley if she could open her trunk and she did. I noticed that she had a purse in the trunk which contained a black wallet with all her information inside of it. The purse also contained a $20 bill," the report states.

The officer confronted the woman and again she told him the incident happened as she had said and the purse that was stolen had only her prescription inside it. The officer again reminded Tankersley if she was lying, she would be placed under arrest.

"After a few minutes, Tankersley finally told the truth about how the incident didn't occur and she wanted to get more Xanax because she has an addiction to Xanax," the report states.

Family members came to the scene to pick up the child and Tankersley was taken to the Newton County Detention Center.

In other crime news, a 15-year-old girl has been turned over to Juvenile Court authorities after she was detained following a family fight.

According to a CPD incident report, officers arrived at the girl's home after receiving a call about a domestic dispute. The officer stated the young girl was sitting on the porch when he arrived and he noticed a scratch on her neck. She said she and her brother were fighting and when her mother tried to break it up, she had scratched her neck.

When the officer got inside to talk with the mother and the brother, their injuries seemed to tell a different story.

"I observed that the mother ... had a black eye, bruises, cuts and scratches on her face and forehead. She also had a wad of hair missing from her head. She stated that her daughter had done it and that (she) had also hit her juvenile brother in the nose and that it was possibly broken," the report states.

The 15-year-old had told the officer she and her brother were fighting because her mother was upset that she was talking too long on the phone with her boyfriend. The mother said the young girl started the fight with her brother and it had something to do with the boyfriend.

The teenage girl was transported to the Youth Detention Center in Sandersville.