Employee Charged in North Tonawanda Armed Robbery Hoax

9:42 PM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH TONAWANDA, NY - An armed robbery that led to the lockdown of North Tonawanda Schools was a hoax.

North Tonawanda Police responded to a report of an armed robbery Thursday morning at the CVS on Payne Avenue.

Officers searched the area looking for a man who allegedly pistol whipped the clerk and robbed the store.

Police searched the area, and schools were in lockdown during the search.

During the police investigation, the employee who reported the robbery, Kayla Hotaling, was arrested.

Detectives say Hotaling, 23, of North Tonawanda, admitted that she and her boyfriend staged the theft as an armed robbery.

She has been charged with grand larceny, conspiracy and falsely reporting an incident.

The other suspect, Kevin Spellane-Newman, 24, of Niagara Falls, was arrested by Niagara Falls Police for criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He will be charged by North Tonawanda Police with grand larceny, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon once released from Niagara Falls Police custody.

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