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Female delivery driver falsely claims she was robbed on three occasion to prove she can do her job

By Mason White 12:51 PM August 4, 2017
Jennifer Barreto
Jennifer Barreto
By: Alexis Bell

A woman in New York, was arrested for causing police to spend many hours investigating robberies on three different occasion.

Police said that on Wednesday, July 27, 2017, at approximately 5:45 p.m., 32-year-old Jennifer Barreto entered the Albany Police South Station to report that she had just been robbed while delivering pizza on Clinton Street.

Barreto told officers that six men surrounded her car after she had delivered pizza on the 100 block of Clinton Street, and that the suspects demanded her money.

She stated that she complied with the suspects and turned over the cash.

This is not the first time Barreto claimed she had been robbed while delivering pizza, and detectives began to conduct an investigation into the Clinton Street robbery.

On June 13, 2017, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Barreto reported that she was robbed on the 100 block of South Main Avenue.

She told officers that while on the sidewalk, two men approached her and forcibly stole her money. She sustained a laceration to her arm and was treated at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Barreto also reported an attempted robbery on April 15, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m. During this incident, she told officers that while returning to her car after delivering pizza, a man approached her and asked if he could use her phone.

She stated that while going to get her phone, the suspect attempted to take money from her back pocket. She said the suspect was unable to get cash and fled the scene.

Throughout the investigation, it was determined that these robberies never actually occurred and they were falsely reported by Barreto.

Officer Steven Smith said that during their investigation, detectives learned that Barreto “was trying to show a relative she was OK doing her job.”

He said that the relative was concerned about Barreto delivering pizza in the city so “she was trying to show she could handle it.”

Barreto was charged with falsely reporting an incident. She was arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court.