I work overnight security, monitoring donation locations via camera to deter theft. If I see someone stealing, per the company's rules, I'm only allowed to ask the offenders (over loud speaker) to leave & then write a report. I am NOT allowed to call 911 because we're charged for each run, even if the person fills their vehicle with company property. This morning, I made a judgment call though & called 911 for several individuals stealing not only donations, but other company property from a location. An altercation also broke out between 2 of the 4 individuals, which is another reason I called - had one of them gotten hurt on the property, we could still be sued and non-profits don't have a lot of money right now.
However, so I wouldn't get in trouble with the company, I called from my personal cell phone & I stated to the 911 operator that I was a passerby in the area, and was witness to what was happening. I gave them the address, my name and hung up. I watched on camera as PD arrived & confronted the group. I did call out over the speaker to the officer, letting her know which vehicles had property in them. All property was surrendered, no arrests were made and they all left.
I received a call at 7 am this morning from the dispatch office (incident was at 4:50 am), asking me for more info. I wasn't sure what it was about at first, because I was in a dead sleep, and I hung up. I called back after waking up some more, and spoke with the same operator; she stated she called back because the officers needed more info, asking if I worked for the company, etc. I explained what I saw and why I called it in like I did and she joked they "get that all the time" and thanked me for the info.
I worried about this ALL DAY and called back at 3 p.m. and spoke with a shift supervisor who stated the Sargent needed more info but "it was now closed"
So, am I going to jail now for providing false info? Nothing I said was a lie, except my location. Everything else was true about what I saw and is on videotape. My sister says I could be in a lot of trouble with police, so I'm freaking out.