Caught in the Act of Faking

5 11 2007

Posted on Fri, Nov. 2, 2007

Video Catches Brothers Faking a Robbery

The Associated Press

DANVILLE, Ga. – A contract mail carrier in central Georgia told authorities he was robbed, but a neighbor’s surveillance video told a different story. The worker, Thomas Ross Scarborough, 35, of Jeffersonville, was charged with theft by taking and false report of a crime after the video showed him and his brother faking the robbery, authorities said. The brother, Jason Scarborough, 31, faces the same charges.

Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said the brothers are contract drivers for the Postal Service. The elder brother told authorities he was robbed Monday while loading up his truck behind post office in Danville, a hamlet of fewer than 400 people about 100 miles south of Atlanta.

It turned out the owner of a house next door had outdoor surveillance cameras to help catch trespassers, and one of the cameras had a direct view of the back of the post office.

Mitchum said Wednesday that the videotape caught Thomas Scarborough handing bags from his truck to his brother, then showed Jason Scarborough locking his brother in the back of his truck and leaving.

The elder brother was released by the owner of a nearby tanning salon, who told investigators that she heard Scarborough calling for help as she was closing up to leave.

Mitchum said the elder brother admitted to the theft when confronted with the evidence.

Postal Inspector Kelly Winston said most of the stolen material , which authorities would describe only as “postal property” was recovered.

The tape has been turned over to the Postal Service, which declined to release it while the investigation is ongoing, Postal Service Inspector Yulanda Burns said.

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