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Four Arrested for 'Staged' Robbery at Centralia Restaurant

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Centralia Police have arrested four people for a robbery at the Las Minas Restaurant at the Oak and East Broadway intersection in downtown Centralia, including a recently hired employee.   

The employee, 24-year-old Rayleen Rivera of East Oklahoma in Sandoval, her boyfriend 23-year-old Gary Harold of the same address, 21-year-old Cody Tate of Odin and 22-year-old Justin Taylor of South Mulberry in Sandoval, are all being held in the Marion County Jail for the alleged robbery.  Rivera was also arrested on Saturday for obstructing justice for allegedly making a false police report about the robbery.   

Centralia Police report Tate and Taylor first talked about robbing the restaurant when they became upset with the owner for not showing up to give them work.  Rivera initially told police that a white male with a gray hoodie and yellow bandana had entered the restaurant and asked for the manager. She told police she became scared and told the man to wait.  After asking her boyfriend, who was at the restaurant what to do, Rivera said she went back to the front counter and the man was gone.  She called police after determining two envelopes with more than $2,000 in cash had been taken.  

Police say a review of the video surveillance showed several discrepancies in Rivera's story.  She was arrested after being asked to come to the restaurant to pick up her paycheck.  After being taken into custody, Rivera allegedly admitted hearing Tate and Taylor talking about committing the robbery, but said she was surprised when one actually came back to the restaurant with the face covering wanting to see the manager.  

One of those arrested claimed Rivera had been given $300 to keep quiet.     

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