Man faked abduction to avoid paying Super Bowl bet, New York police say


by WGN Web Desk | Mar 1, 2019 |


State police say a western New York man faked his own abduction and robbery because he was short of cash owed in a Super Bowl pool.


Troopers found 60-year-old Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda tied up in his pickup truck Monday in a parking lot in Newfane, 30 miles north of Buffalo.


Brandel told troopers two men involved in his Super Bowl squares robbed him of $16,000, drove him around for two days and left him tied up in his pickup.