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Phony robbery of Port Charlotte McDonald's land 2 in jail

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Phony robbery of Port Charlotte McDonald's land 2 in jail

CREATED Sep. 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 6, 2012

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested two McDonald's employees for staging a phony armed robbery.

The two claimed someone took $8,000 in night deposits at a Port Charlotte bank.

Detectives arrested 21-year-old Gerald Francisco Laboriel and 23-year-old Kenny B. Adams, both of Port Charlotte, for Grand Theft and the False Report of a Crime.

CCSO received the armed robbery call Wednesday at 6:25 p.m. and deputies responded to Florida Community Bank, 1255 Tamiami Trail, and met with Laboriel and Adams. Both reported being victims of an armed robbery by an unknown black male wearing a hoodie to conceal his identity.

Laboriel, a shift manager at McDonalds, 24133 Peachland Boulevard, and Adams, an employee, told detectives that Adams, who was not working Wednesday, picked up Laboriel at the end of his shift and took the deposit bag to the bank.  

Adams said he stayed in the car while Laboriel walked to the night deposit box. Laboriel said an unknown man came up behind him and took the bag with force, snatching it from his hand.

Both men were taken to a District Office in Port Charlotte for questioning due to inconsistent statements from each of them. After further questioning, detectives said they told them they planned and staged the robbery to keep the deposit money.  

Laboriel and Adams were arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail at 4 a.m. this morning where they both remain on $3,500 bond each.