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    US Olympic swimmers’ claims of being robbed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are false, Brazilian Chief of Civil Police Fernando Veloso said in a press conference on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Veloso argued, however, that the swimmers were involved in a gas station confrontation on the day of the alleged robbery.

    "There was no robbery as the way it was reported or claimed by the athletes," Veloso stated.

    The Brazilian police said one or more swimmers vandalized the gas station, and later paid for the damage.

    Veloso admitted, however, that during the confrontation, at least one security guard pointed a gun at the swimmers, one of whom was acting belligerently.

    "In theory one of more of them might be charged with false reporting of a crime or damage of a gas station," Veloso noted.

    On Wednesday, swimmers Conger and Bentz were pulled off a flight from Rio de Janeiro to the United States amid an investigation into the alleged robbery case.

    The New York Times reported citing Lochte’s lawyer that the swimmer had left Brazil before the judge issued the order to seize the passports of the swimmers.

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