A 19-year-old woman from Indiana faces false informing and alcohol charges. This comes after she called in a phony robbery in order to get her boyfriend released from a traffic stop.
A Porter County Sheriff’s Department officer stopped Nicholas Petrovich, 19, of Chesterton, for a traffic infraction early Sunday in the South Haven area.
Petrovich was supposed to meet his girlfriend at the nearby McDonald’s, but she called and told him to meet her at the Portage 16 movie theater instead.
Officer said the man acted nervously and smelled of marijuana. As the officer was calling for backup, dispatchers reported an armed robbery of a woman in the parking lot at a nearby bank. The officer ended the traffic stop and went to the bank, but found no one.
The officer then went to the movie theater, where he found Petrovich in the parking lot and asked him for his girlfriend’s phone number.
The officer said the number matched that of the phony 911 call, and Petrovich told the officer right before the stop, he told his girlfriend he was getting pulled over and might go to jail.
Authorities said Petrovich admitted to drinking earlier in the evening and was taken to Porter County Jail on an alcohol charge.
Meanwhile, officers met his girlfriend, Karley Fink, 19, at her home, where she reportedly admitted to officers she called in the phony robbery so the officer would let her boyfriend go.
Cops said she also smelled of alcohol and was arrested.