SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police here arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of a trio of crimes Sunday after he allegedly reported his children were kidnapped by OxyContin-hungry bandits.
About 5:10 p.m. Sunday, South Lake Tahoe resident Adam Roland called police and said he had been forced to rob the CVS Pharmacy on Emerald Bay Road, said Sgt. Cam Carmichael.
Roland said he had been the victim of a home invasion robbery and his children, ages 4 and 7, had been kidnapped by two men, according to a Monday statement from police. The men threatened to kill his children if he did not get them OxyContin, according to the statement.
While talking with police at CVS, Roland allegedly saw the suspects’ vehicle traveling southbound on Emerald Bay Road, causing police to alert personnel from five law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement officers were positioned at roadways leaving the South Shore to prevent the vehicle leaving the area.
But upon further questioning by police, Roland allegedly confessed to making up the kidnapping story, according to the statement. Santa Clara Police Department confirmed the children were with their mother in the Bay Area.
“Roland additionally confessed to officers that he had planned and executed the robbery of CVS pharmacy with a person to whom he owed money for the purpose of settling that debt,” according to the statement.
Roland was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, attempted robbery and false reporting of an emergency.
He remained in custody at El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe Monday afternoon. It is unknown if he has an attorney.