A man reported he was robbed on Hwy. 53 on Friday night, Oct. 25, and had his credit cards and cell phone stolen by a man with a revolver.

But as Barron County Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking into it, the more they are questioning the veracity of the claim, said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

“We are working on it, but the more we look into it, we do not think it took place,” Fitzgerald said. “If it did not happen, we will more than likely recommend charges to the [district attorney] for filing a false report.”

The man called police on Saturday morning, Oct. 26, to say he had been robbed between 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. the night prior. He said he was driving north on Hwy. 53, north of the rest area near Chetek, when a white Challenger with no plates and tinted windows passed him.

He said the Challenger slammed on its brakes, causing him to stop in the road. Then, a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a revolver got out. The robber then took his phone and credit cards, he said.

The caller filed a statement with the sheriff’s department and a deputy followed up at an address in Rice Lake.

Fitzgerald said the case was ongoing and more information would come out later.

Giving a false report to officers could result in an obstructing an officer charge, which is a misdemeanor punishable with up to nine months in jail and/or $10,000 in fines.


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