article Business Insider is reporting that a local newspaper in Indiana has been busted for printing a newspaper ad that claimed the city had been robbed.
The paper says it was the second time the city was the target of an ad since April 1st.
In an interview with ABC News, the paper’s owner, Michael Mazzucato, says he had a team of reporters and editors dig into the ad, and found that it wasn’t a story at all.
The ad claimed that the city of Indianapolis had been burglarized, and that the police department had failed to respond.
Mazzuccato says he called police and they told him they didn’t have any reports of a break-in at the newspaper.
He said the newspaper had just received an anonymous phone call from someone claiming to be from the police, and had no idea who it was.
Police said they would investigate.
ABC News contacted the newspaper’s owner about the story and was told that he did not want to talk about the incident.
“I don’t want to be on the air in a way that might damage our reputation or the credibility of the newspaper,” Mazzuca told ABC News.
Mitzucato says that if the story had been true, the newspaper would have printed a statement about the matter, but that he didn’t want the ad to overshadow the positive reporting from the local newsroom.