News2 Men Arrested in Duluth for Fake Gas Station Robbery Stunt

2 Men Arrested in Duluth for Fake Gas Station Robbery Stunt

Two men have been arrested in Duluth for orchestrating a fake gas station robbery on Jan. 21, as revealed by the city’s police department.

In a bizarre turn of events, two men, Raj Patel and Danny Curtis, have been arrested in Duluth for allegedly orchestrating a fake gas station robbery on Jan. 21, as revealed by the city’s police department, according to Atlanta News First. Among the charges they face, conspiring to commit a felony takes center stage.

The incident, captured on security camera footage that quickly made rounds on social media, unfolded at a Shell gas station off Buford Highway shortly after midnight. Responding to a reported armed robbery, an officer found Patel behind the service counter, purportedly in a state of distress.

However, the investigation turned unexpectedly when video footage contradicted Patel’s narrative. The footage showed a suspect exiting the side door, changing clothes by the dumpster, and behaving suspiciously. When confronted by officers, Curtis, who Patel claimed worked at the gas station, initially denied any knowledge of the incident.

As events unfolded, officers discovered cash falling from Curtis’s pocket as he produced the key to the dumpster. Although Patel insisted on Curtis’ innocence, a subsequent police interrogation revealed a startling revelation. Curtis admitted to staging the entire fake robbery at Patel’s behest. The elaborate scheme involved Curtis making off with the cash while Patel aimed to claim insurance money.

During the police questioning, an officer remarked on the video’s peculiar nature, stating, “The video looks very comical. It looks funny. It looked like you guys were trying to win an Oscar.” Curtis seemingly acknowledged the absurdity, responding simply, “I know.”

Curtis was booked into Gwinnett County Jail on Feb. 9, where he remains, facing theft charges by taking alongside the conspiracy charge. Patel, initially booked for making false statements to the police, now holds an outstanding warrant for the conspiracy charge, as confirmed by Duluth police Corporal Ted Sadowski.

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Source: Black Enterprise

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