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Man Arrested for Making False Armed Robbery Claim

Valdosta State University
Posted at 2:44 PM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 23:55:57-04

VALDOSTA, GA. (WTXL) - The Valdosta State University Police Department has determined Monday's report of an armed robbery to be a false one.

According to VSU PD, Matthew Tito, 21, of Snellville, has been arrested and charged with the false report of a crime and giving false statements. As of Tuesday morning, he was in the Lowndes County Jail.

Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, VSU police issued an alert regarding a robbery near the intersection of Toombs Street and Brookwood Drive. Initially the call came in as an armed robbery but was later amended to an unarmed incident. A thorough investigation throughout Monday evening led to police declaring the report to be false and Tito's arrest.

The VSU Police Department offers a variety of crime-prevention programs and information sources to help the university community deal with safety issues. One such safety initiative is the police escort service. This program provides additional protection to all university faculty, staff, students, and visitors while walking around campus. It is in operation around the clock, and officers are prepared to provide a walking escort to any member of the VSU community to any location on campus upon request. Those who wish to utilize the service should simply dial (229) 333-7816 or use one of the emergency phones located throughout the campus.

Immediate police response is available by calling the emergency number at (229) 259-5555.