Alleged robbery turns out to be casino visit
Okanogan woman jailed for making false statements
By The Chronicle As of Friday, February 21, 2014
#OKANOGAN — A crime that apparently didn’t happen landed a local woman in jail just after Christmas.
#Karen L. Beam-Davis, 62, was arrested at 1 a.m. Friday on suspicion of making a false report after claiming she’d been held up at gunpoint and forced to drive the robber to Oroville, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said.
#Deputies investigated the reported kidnapping and robbery that allegedly happened at 9:40 p.m., Thursday.
#They were told Beam-Davis went to North Cascades Bank in Okanogan around 12:30 p.m. to cash a check for $330.
#When she left the bank and got into her car, a man armed with a .22-caliber handgun allegedly opened her door, ordered her to give him the money and drive to Oroville, Rogers said.
#Beam-Davis said she complied, drove the suspect around, and then dropped him off in Oroville.
#After that, she told deputies she drove back to Okanogan and arrived around 9:30 p.m. and then reported the alleged crime.
#She also said she could positively identify the suspect, Rogers said.
#“After taking the statement from Beam-Davis, the deputies felt something wasn’t adding up, so they went over to the casino south of Okanogan,” he said.
#They watched surveillance videos, and allegedly saw Beam-Davis, wearing the same clothes, walk into the casino at around 10:55 a.m. and not leave until around 9:15 p.m., just before she reported being robbed.
#Beam-Davis was contacted and interviewed again, and maintained she’d been robbed until she was shown photos of herself at the casino, Rogers said.
#She allegedly admitted she’d lost her money at the casino and then made up the robbery story.
#“When asked what she would have done if someone had been arrested, Beam-Davis stated she would just not show up to court to testify,” Rogers said.