A 26-year-old Mansfield man reported his TV had been stolen in a burglary after he had sold it online.
Nathan Jarvis appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 8th May charged with theft and obstructing/resisting an officer.
He pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced to six months in jail.
On the evening of Sunday 21st April Jarvis called police to report his new 42-inch plasma television had been stolen in a burglary at his home in Southwell Road West.
Following enquiries into his claim, officers found the TV had been advertised for sale online, then found that the seller was Nathan Jarvis himself.
It transpired that he had bought it on hire-purchase and after realising it was covered for theft had concocted the burglary story.
Civilian Case Investigator Nikki Wiley, of Mansfield CID, said: “Let this be a warning. We investigate all reports thoroughly and we will take action against anyone who tries to manipulate this for their own gain.
“Falsely reporting crime will not be tolerated. It wastes our time and it redirects vital resources away from genuine victims of crime.”