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Alleged robbery turns out to be casino visit

Okanogan woman jailed for making false statements

— 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.

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