SAVANNAH, GA. (November 21, 2013): A Savannah man who reported he had been assaulted, robbed at gunpoint and left tied up in his own living room on Sept. 4, has been charged with falsely reporting the crime.

Timothy Daniel, 28, of the first block of Belfare Drive, was charged by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police robbery detectives with false statements and false report of a crime after a two-month investigation.

That investigation revealed that the crime he had reported never took place.

Southside Precinct Patrol officers had been called to the residence and found Daniel bound hand and foot with plastic ties. He said he had been struck over the head, robbed of some $1,400 by two men with blue bandanas over their faces, and left tied up.

“These false reports tie up a significant amount of resources,” said Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert. “Officers are pulled off their assigned duties to locate, secure and protect the crime scenes. Forensics investigators are brought in to document the sites. And detectives are reassigned from active investigations to these fraudulent cases.

“No police department can afford to waste such resources. And these investigations prevent officers from their assigned duties that enhance the safety of our community. This won’t be tolerated and we will charge everyone who files fraudulent reports accordingly.”