In an effort to convince authorities she was robbed, a 42-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman locked herself in the trunk of a car at the Zephyr Cove Lodge on Tuesday morning.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, an employee heard the woman banging on the inside of the trunk. After finding the keys in the ignition the employee freed the woman.
She told deputies she had been gambling last night at a Stateline casino and left with about $1,500 in cash. As she was walking back to her car, she claimed someone sapped her, knocking her unconscious. She said she woke up in the vehicle’s trunk with the money missing.
Investigators looking into the incident discovered that the woman hadn’t won, and in fact had lost all of her paycheck.
“She fabricated the story because she was afraid to tell her husband that she had gambled away her entire paycheck,” Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks said.
No charges have been filed against the woman.