BUTTONWILLOW - The Carl's Junior fast food restaurant in Buttonwillow is closed, but their corporate office said it is due to a water issue, not a faked armed robbery.
Kathleen Bush with Carl's Junior said the restaurant is temporarily closed. She said it is a mandatory health department closure that applies to several restaurants in the area due to a city water issue.
A Carl's Jr. manager and former employee were arrested after detectives say the pair planned a robbery of the store and were going to split the money.
Carl’s Jr. restaurant manager Ernesto Huerta, 31, said tole deputies he was opening the store April 17 when a masked man threatened him with a knife. The man made off with $1,500 in cash.
Later investigation revealed the suspect as 30-year-old Christian Orozco. Orozco and Huerta had planed the fraud and were planning to split the money, Kern County Sheriff's Department deputy Martin Downs said.
Huerta was arraigned on second-degree burglary, grand theft and falsifying a crime report to law enforcement.
Orozco was arraigned on second-degree burglary and grand theft charges.
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