Two people were arrested Monday in connection with plans to fake a robbery in order to steal $22,000 from a McDonald’s in Gila Bend, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ashley Stewart, 24, and her boyfriend, 35-year-old Alexander Reyna, were arrested and booked by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detectives after one of them admitted to investigators they had staged the incident, officials said.

Stewart had called 911 reporting that she was robbed of $22,000 in cash from the McDonald’s where she worked while going to make a deposit at West Valley National Bank in Gila Bend, an MCSO press release said.

Officials said Stewart told deputies a black male dressed in all black clothes held her at gunpoint, took the cash, then ran into the desert.

MCSO said detectives interviewed Stewart further about her story, and she admitted to not being robbed and confessed planning the fake robbery with her boyfriend, the MCSO press release said.

Stewart told detectives that she and Reyna planned to meet after reporting the bogus robbery to split the cash, officials said.

Stewart was booked on one count of theft-control property, a class-3 felony, and one count of false reporting to law enforcement. Alexander was booked on one count of theft-control property.

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