A man who made a false report of a robbery, claiming his mobile phone had been stolen in Sheffield, has received a £90 fixed penalty notice for wasting police time.
The 20-year-old told officers that he had been the victim of a robbery on Ecclesall Road, during which his Apple iPhone was stolen by four men.
A police investigation into the allegation established that no such robbery had taken place.
Detective Inspector Richard Partridge said: “The 20-year-old man was met by officers and was strongly advised about his actions.
“Despite showing remorse for his actions, he was issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice.
“This case goes to show that, at the very least, a fine will be issued should a false report be uncovered.”
The maximum penalty for wasting police time is a prison sentence of six months.
DI Partridge said: “People who make false reports to police are taking officers away from genuine incidents that need their attention.
“It means time that could be spent investigating a genuine crime and helping a genuine victim is wasted.
“We investigate all reports of crime thoroughly and people who make false reports to us will be caught.”