Man fabricated story of armed robbery at Dixon flooring store, police say

DIXON, Illinois — The Dixon Police Department has made an arrest in connection with the reported armed robbery at Brother’s Flooring on Tuesday, October 24.

But in a strange turn of events, the suspect arrested was not the man who allegedly robbed the store…because the robbery never happened.

According to Dixon Police, an investigation into the incident determined the information obtained from the victim was fabricated and the incident never actually occurred.

Jason L. Hoffman, 26, of Coleta, Illinois, turned himself into police on Thursday, October 26, and was subsequently arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct (False Report), a class 4 felony.

Below is the original report of the alleged robbery.

Just before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, police say a lone gunman entered Brothers Flooring, located in the 1400 block of North Galena Avenue in Dixon, and demanded money.

According to the Dixon Police Department, the man showed the employee a pistol and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The subject is described as a white male, about six feet tall, wearing a gray hoodie with jeans, and a black mask and gloves.

Dixon Police are asking for help from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have seen something. Anyone present or with information regarding the identity of the robber is encouraged to call the Dixon Police Department at 288-4411 or Ogle-Lee Crime Stoppers at 1-888-228-4488. Callers may remain anonymous.

There is a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone with information leading to an arrest.