About to be Fired, Restaurant Worker Orchestrates Robbery, Say Pa. Police

Qdoba Mexican Grill (KDKA)

(CBS/AP) Police say four teenage employees of a fast-food restaurant near Pittsburgh staged a phony burglary and then stole $1,300 after learning one of them was likely to be fired.

Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp says the four workers at the Qdoba Mexican Grill first talked of staging an armed robbery. Instead, he says they stole the money from a safe and made it look like a burglary by making a regular night deposit, ransacking the restaurant, and then throwing a large stone through a window as they left.

Police say the suspects have cooperated and confessed and have been charged with conspiracy, theft and criminal mischief.

They say the incident happened after closing last Thursday night.