Frauded Carl's Jr., other Buttonwillow restaurants closed due to water issue

2 men facing burglary, grand theft charges

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.

Read the full account of what detectives are calling a staged robbery.

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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