Atascadero Burger King employee steals cash, reports a robbery
September 15, 2016
A Burger King employee stole a large amount of cash from the business, then told police the restaurant had been robbed, according to the Atascadero Police Department.
At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Atascadero police responded to a report that a robbery had just occurred at the Burger King located at 8304 El Camino Real. Juan Martinez, Jr., 21, said a man entered the business and took a large amount of cash as Martinez was closing the restaurant for the night.
The suspect was last seen leaving the Burger King in an unknown direction, Martinez told police. Officers searched the area with the help of a K9 but did not locate a suspect.
Later in the morning, officers contacted Martinez.
Detectives then conducted a probation search and located a large amount of cash and two bank deposit bags that belonged to Burger King. Martinez later confessed to taking the money from Burger King and making a false robbery report to officers, according to a police department press release.
Officers arrested Martinez and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of embezzlement and making a false police report. Martinez remains in custody with his bail set at $20,000.