DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWQC) — A 76-year-old man faces a possible year in jail after making a false report to police.
Officers responded to the 2300 block of Central Avenue, just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The resident, John E. Kirkpatrick, told them that two masked men entered his apartment, showed him a gun and robbed him of $40,000 worth of precious coins.
During the investigation, police say Kirkpatrick confessed that he made up the story and had actually sold the coins. This admission was corroborated by an investigator who confirmed $24,000 in coins had been sold by Kirkpatrick to The Coin Shop in Dubuque.
Kirkpatrick was issued a summons for filing a false report to a public safety entity. Since the reported offense of robbery is a felony, the charge filed against Kirkpatrick is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by a fine between $315 and $1,875, and incarceration up to one year.