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Long Valley Man Arrested After Losing Money in Fake Drug Deal, Cops Say

Man called police to report robbery after paying for drugs that never came, report says.

A Long Valley man was arrested by Mt. Olive Police when he reported a robbery that allegedly occurred after he tried buying drugs, authorities reported.

Bryan Christopher, 26, called police at 2:58 a.m. on Saturday and said he was forced to hand over $300 from a man holding nunchucks, Officer Michael Russell said.

Christopher told police he followed the alleged robber and a female to a residence on High Street where he was waiting for police to arrive, Russell said. When police arrived they identified Arthur Appleby III, 29, of Newark and Jennifer O’Reilly, 27, of Budd Lake.

An investigation revealed that a robbery never actually took place, Russell said, and that Christopher had attempted to purchase drugs from O’Reilly. Christopher gave O’Reilly $300 in exchange for a cigarette box that was supposed to contain drugs, but was empty, Russell said.

When the Long Valley man realized he had been duped, he called police and fabricated a story about how he was robbed for money, Russell said. During an attempt to retrieve the money prior to the robbery report, Appleby pulled nunchucks out of his pants for Christopher to see, Russell said.

Christopher was charged with filing a false police report, harassment, and terroristic threats. O’Reilly was charged with theft by deception and Appleby was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

All were released and given court appearances.

For questions about this post, email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.  

Haha May 06, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Classic BC
Brian Speer May 06, 2014 at 04:03 PM
@Jason, were the nun-chucks in the man's underwear, his pants, or some type of holster?
Jason Koestenblatt May 06, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Brian - Thanks for the comment. Police would only say the weapon was pulled from his pants. There was no mention of a holster. Thanks!
RonBurgandy May 06, 2014 at 04:32 PM
@Jason what kind of terroristic threats was Mr. Bryan BC Christopher making?
Paul Newman May 06, 2014 at 06:05 PM
I'm so proud of you BC calling the cops on yourself. Your a Hero!

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