(Raw Surveillance)October 17, 2008
NORTH BEND, Wash. -- A North Bend Burger King was robbed at gunpoint by a masked robber, but one of the restaurant's managers was in on it, the King County Sheriff's Department said.
The incident occurred when the 18-year-old night manager heard a knock at the back door about 3:10 a.m. Sunday morning, Sheriff's Department spokesman John Urquhart said. When the manager opened the door, he was immediately accosted by a pistol-waving robber wearing a black ski mask, the manager told police.
The manager was pushed to the ground and then pulled by his shirt collar to the office, where he was forced to fill a sports bag with cash from the safe at gunpoint, Urquhart said. The robber then struck the employee on the side of his head with either the gun or his fist before fleeing on foot with the cash.
The manager was not seriously injured.
An investigation by the Sheriff's Department revealed that the night manager and the robber planned the robbery, police said.
The staged robbery was captured by surveillance video.
Urquhart said both men will likely be charged with felony theft, and the manager, who has since been fired from the Burger King, may be charged with filing a false report.
Police are still looking for the robber. He is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a blue ski mask, a dark blue or black sweatshirt and light-colored pants.
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