A Hudson Valley couple is accused of making up a robbery at a local business.

On January 2, State Police were sent to a possible robbery that occurred behind the Just-a-Buck on Route 9 in Wappinger.

The alleged victim reported that while bringing the store’s deposit to the bank, she was approached by a man who forcibly stole the deposit envelope containing an undisclosed amount of cash and her cell phone. The suspect then fled the store in an unknown direction and mode of travel.

A police investigated determined that 22-year-old Erica Walker of Fishkill made up the story so her boyfriend, 30-year-old Sean Dixon of Yonkers could take the money, police say.

Both were charged with grand larceny, a felony. Walker was additionally arrested for making a punishable false written statement and falsely reporting an incident, misdemeanors.

The Town of Wappinger Court issued a warrant ordering Dixon’s arrest in January of 2017. On February 26, the Town of Port Chester Police told State Police that Dixon was arrested on unrelated charges and was lodged in the Westchester County Jail.

Dixon was turned over to the State Police on Wednesday and arraigned in the Town of Wappinger Court where he was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail.

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