Detectives have warned against making false robbery reports.
In an incident earlier this year - but for which details have only just been released - a 32-year-old man from Rotherham reported he had been robbed in Balby.
But when the incident was investigated the man himself was arrested on suspicion of making a false report.
He has been released on bail while inquiries continue.
Supt Eddie Murphy said: “Falsely reporting crime is a serious offence. People who make up incidents are taking valuable time and resources away from those with genuine need.”