PUNTA GORDA — A 16-year-old girl lied to police that a man on a bicycle had stolen her backpack Tuesday, when in fact she feared her mother would find out that she had thrown it on the ground during a fight with her boyfriend, authorities said.
The girl went as far as describing the alleged robber, the Punta Gorda Police Department report shows, and police found and questioned a man matching the description. The man explained he found the backpack during his ride to work and turned it in to his employer.
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