NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two people are in custody after the supposed robbery of a CVS in North Tonawanda that put three nearby schools on lockout Thursday morning.
North Tonawanda High School, Meadow Elementary and St. Matthew's School were all closed during the search for an armed robbery suspect. But police say no robbery occurred, only a staged incident made to look like a robbery.
Officers responded to the CVS on Payne Avenue around 8 a.m. after being told by CVS employee 23-year-old Kayla Hotaling that a man had entered the pharmacy, forced her to open the safe, then hit her in the back of the head with a weapon before fleeing with the cash.
But police say after further investigation, Hotaling admitted she made it all up, and that her boyfriend, 24-year-old Kevin Spellane-Newman, helped stage the fake robbery. Hotaling is charged with third degree grand larceny, fifth degree conspiracy, and third degree falsely reporting an incident.
During the investigating, Spellane-Newman was picked up by Niagara Falls Police on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance. After being released in the Falls, he will be re-arrested by North Tonawanda Police on charges of third degree grand larceny, fifth degree conspiracy, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.
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