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TPD: Gas station employee accused of helping plot armed robbery

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 12:44:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee gas station employee is facing multiple charges after police say she helped stage an armed robbery and then falsely reported it to authorities.

According to court documents, Tallahassee Police responded to an armed robbery at the Petro Gas Station on Jackson Bluff Road back on New Year's Eve of 2019.

Police say the store clerk reported that while she was working, the suspect came into the store and pointed a handgun at her while demanding money. The clerk told police that when she opened the cash register, the suspect removed all of the money and left the store.

She described the suspect as having a full face mask, a pink hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and blue jeans on. The store clerk reported that there was approximately $1,356.62 in the register during the time of the robbery.

During investigation, surveillance video was obtained and police say the footage confirmed the store clerk's statements.

After the robbery, the suspect was seen on camera going towards Greystone Apartments on Jackson Bluff Road. While investigating, law enforcement learned that Christopher Baker had robbed the gas station, but the store clerk, Makayla Duval, was also in on it.

Police say call records show that Baker and Duval were talking to each other 30 minutes before the robbery happened. Baker's phone was also found at the scene of the robbery.

Documents say Baker was taken into custody on Jan. 4, 2020. Shortly after being put into custody, investigators found the gun that was used in the robbery inside of Baker's vehicle.

Police say Baker initially claimed that he was friends with Duval but didn't know anything about the robbery.

"Baker ultimately admitted Duval set up the roberry because she needed money and didn't like her job," documents read.

Baker went on to tell police that Duval suggested that they stage a robbery to get money from the store.

On the day of the robbery, Baker said he went into the store to confirm everything with Duval. He told police that he even unloaded the gun to make sure Duval wouldn't get hurt and waited until there wasn't anyone else inside the store.

Police say Baker took a total of $900 from the store. He kept $500 for himself and gave Duval $400.

Based on the evidence, Duval was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. She is being charged with grand theft, making a false report to law enforcement and misusing 911.