(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington Police arrested a Circle K gas station clerk after they say she orchestrated and participated in the robbery at the business.
Officers were called to the Circle K at 201 West 17th Street just after 1 a.m. on Saturday after a report of a robbery in progress.
The clerk, 29-year-old Hannah Griffie, told police a male entered the store, approached the counter and told her he had a gun and demanded all the money in the register.
Police reviewed the store’s surveillance video which showed that Griffie allowed several people through the course of her shift to take numerous items from the store without paying for them, saying she was quitting.
The footage showed the robbery suspect, whom Griffie knew by name, coming into the store several times during her shift. Police say Griffie told the male to come back and rob the store.
The video shows a customer leaving the store at 1:04 a.m. and Griffie lock the door. She then is seen sending a text message and unlocking the door for the robber.
She walks behind the counter and says you need to leave. The male then says “I don’t want to hurt you; I have a gun.”
Police says the comments and actions between the two appear fake and rehearsed.
The male took $1,715 in lottery tickets and approximately $70 in cash from the cash register.
Griffie was arrested on charges of theft and assisting a criminal. Police say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the male involved.