ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an employee plotted with a man to fake a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in the Des Moines suburb of Altoona.
An Altoona police press release identified the employee as Edis Gracanin, 19, of Des Moines. Gracanin is charged with conspiracy, theft and making false reports. Andrew Potter, 21, of Knoxville is charged with conspiracy and theft.
Gracanin had told officers on Monday that a gunman demanded cash and punched him before driving away from the Burger King on Adventureland Drive. But Altoona police detective Jason Ferguson said Gracanin and Potter had plotted and faked the crime.
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