Vernon cash store employee expected to plead guilty to fabricating an armed robbery

Vernon Courthouse

VERNON - A woman accused of making up an armed robbery at Vernon Cash Solutions is expected to plead guilty.

Corrina Ann Beal faces one count of theft under $5,000 and one count of reporting an offence when it was not committed in connection with a bogus report of an armed robbery at the business Nov. 10, 2016.

Initially, police believed there had actually been a robbery. In a news release issued Nov. 11, police said they were looking for a male suspect who entered the store with what appeared to be a shotgun and made off with cash. The female employee was described as “shaken up but not harmed.” 

Days later, on Nov. 14, police issued another release, in it saying the armed robbery never happened. Instead, the 39-year-old employee was arrested with police recommending charges of mischief and theft. 

Charges were officially laid against Beal on Dec. 21, 2016. Court documents state that Beal, 'with intent to mislead,' caused police to enter into an investigation by reporting an offence of robbery when it had not been committed. 

Beal appeared in Vernon Provincial Court today, May 1, for what was scheduled to be a guilty plea and sentence hearing, but lawyers asked to adjourn the case until summer. A new sentencing date is expected to be set sometime after June.

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