Three people have been arrested after a reported armed robbery over the weekend turns out to be an inside job.
Grand Junction Police Investigators say what was initially reported as an armed robbery at the Bradley Sinclair gas station, 2903 North Avenue, on Sunday has been reclassified as a theft and a false report.
Investigators say 20-year-old Christopher Dustin Hibl, 25-year-old Nicholas Evan Nowak and 22-year-old Sonja Marie Ann Larson were arrested in connection with the case. Larson was also involved in planning and executing the crime.
Officers say Hibl was the reported robber. Investigators contacted him Tuesday and pieced his story together. They learned he and Nowak, who is the store clerk who reported the robbery, worked together to plan and carry out the fake robbery.
Cops say all three knew each other and met the day before to plan the fake robbery. Video from the store shows Hibl and Nowak going through the motions of the robbery. Hibl shows Nowak a BB gun and Nowak plays the role of victim, handing over money and cigarettes. Officers say Larson waited outside the store in the car.
Investigators say because only Hibl and Nowak were in the store at the time, there were no real victims present during the crime so it can't be considered a robbery. However, all three were arrested and released on summons for theft of less than $1,000.
Warning! The robbery video is explicit. Click the link below to watch.
11News will have an inside look at this inside job tonight on 11News at 5:30 p.m.
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