A worker at a Lincoln lingerie shop told police in January that a masked man had stolen money and sex toys from the business.

Lincoln police now think it was an inside job.

The 21-year-old employee of Doctor John’s, near Cornhusker Highway and Northwest 12th Street, had told authorities that the store was robbed Jan. 11.

She said a masked man showed a gun, took thousands of dollars’ worth of sex toys and an unknown amount of money from the cash register before fleeing.

She told officers that the man also stole the store’s video surveillance system.

Investigators noticed inaccuracies in the woman’s story and found the surveillance video, which showed a vehicle arriving in the parking lot, then someone flashing the vehicle’s lights.

The footage shows the clerk then heading to the back room, where the surveillance system was kept. The system disconnected as a man entered the building.

Police said Crime Stoppers tips indicated that the theft was an inside job. Detectives found the vehicle used in the robbery, which belonged to someone the clerk knew.

Officers also recovered some of the stolen items.

The clerk was arrested Sunday on suspicion of aiding and abetting a robbery. Police said they expect more arrests.

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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