BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County Police say a store clerk stole money from his employer, hid it in the store's ceiling, and then called police, claiming the store had been robbed.

Authorities say an officer detected the alleged ruse after seeing the clerk with a ladder.

Police were called to the Metro PCS Store in Brooklyn Park just before noon Monday for a report of an armed robbery. Authorities say a clerk in the store, 26-year-old Bhaumin Vyas of Clarksville, told officers that two suspects entered the store, displayed a handgun and robbed him.

Police say one officer noticed the clerk with a ladder. Officers say they checked the rear of the building and found money hidden in the ceiling.

Vyas was arrested and charged with false report and theft over $500.