A teenage girl who police say faked a racial death threat was turned back over to her parents after being arrested.
The 14-year-old Thomas Street girl reportedly crafted a note, which she taped to her aunt's North Main Street door, and then "found" the note, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
On July 16, the teen reported finding the note, which police say contained a racial slur and a death threat and was signed "KKK." The juvenile advised officers that she observed a red truck displaying the Confederate battle flag leaving the area, he said.
Det. Ben Purvis took over the investigation and determined that "the note was written and placed on the door by the 14-year-old girl, who later provided a written confession," Turner said.
The teen was arrested on felony charges of false statements and writings and false report of a crime.
"The Statesboro Police Department would like to emphasize the severity of falsely reporting a crime," Turner said. "Not only is it a crime itself, but also, by doing, so valuable law enforcement resources are diverted from investigating and preventing actual crimes. Multiple officers and detectives spent time working this case when their attention and services were needed elsewhere."