Police say employee made up robbery at Antioch restaurant

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police have determined that a robbery at an Antioch restaurant was made up by an employee.

Police responded to the Whitt’s Barbecue on Antioch Pike around 9:30 a.m. Friday after receiving a phone call from an employee who claimed to be a robbery victim.

Jason Hipps (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Police said Jason Hipps reported two men showed up at the restaurant’s back door armed with a baseball bat and robbed the business. He said the men wore gloves and fled with money into a nearby woodline.

A police K-9 team and helicopter responded to the scene. During the investigation, and after speaking with restaurant management, Hipps was confronted with doubts about his story.

Police said Hipps admitted there was no robbery and that he took nearly $1,700 from the restaurant. The money was recovered in his car.

Hipps was charged with felony theft and making a false report to police.

He is jailed in lieu of a $25,000 bond.