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Woman charged with making false statement

October 07, 2005|By PEPPER BALLARD

A woman whose boyfriend allegedly robbed a children's clothing store where she worked has been charged through a criminal summons with making a false statement to a police officer, according to court documents.

Krystal Belle Shawyer, 25, of 958B Security Road in Hagers- town, was charged with making the false report in connection with the Sept. 7 robbery of Little Me, a children's clothing store at Prime Outlets.

According to charging documents, Shawyer originally told police she was robbed by an unknown man, but later changed her story after she was told by a Maryland State Police trooper that her boyfriend, Bradley Richard Trostel, told him "the robbery didn't happen," documents state.

She told police, "He made me do it," according to allegations in court documents. She allegedly told police, in her revised statement, that Trostel came into the store at about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 with her three children to visit her while she worked. She told police he insisted that she open the drawers to the cash register after another customer left, according to court documents. The couple had allegedly talked about "how easy" it would be to rob the store, but Shawyer would say no, documents state.

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After the customer left, Shawyer allegedly handed $364 to Trostel, who then made a mark with a pair of scissors on her back, saying "this would look better when she reported the armed robbery," documents state.

Trostel is charged with misdemeanor theft, conspiracy to commit misdemeanor theft and contributing to a false statement to an officer.

Trostel was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center on an unrelated charge, a jail spokeswoman said Thursday night. Shawyer was not being held there, she said.

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