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PG&E Employee and Roommate Fake Armed Robbery at PG&E Service Center

By Robyn Ridpath, Assignment Editor
Published On: May 14 2013 07:48:19 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A PG&E employee and his roommate were caught by police after they conspired and faked an armed robbery at a PG&E customer service center.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday Redding Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the PG&E customer service complex at 3600 Meadow View Dr.

Jacob Barrett, 23, said he was working at the front desk when an armed man entered into the building wearing a hooded sweatshirt, a ski mask, and white gloves demanding cash.

Officers said Barrett reported handing over an undisclosed amount of cash and a witness saw the suspect leave in a white Chevrolet pick-up truck that was similar to the truck that Barrett owned.

Officers went to Barrett's home on Stingy Lane in Anderson and saw a truck matching the description by the witness parked in front of Barrett's home.

Around 2:30 p.m., the truck left the home and officers made a traffic stop at Bay St. and Sandstone Dr. in Anderson. Police found evidence inside of the truck that tied the driver Ian Hargreaves, 21, to the crime at the PG&E customer service armed robbery.

After further investigation both Barrett and Hargreaves admitted that they had conspired to fake an armed robbery. They were booked into the Shasta County Jail for burglary and conspiracy. Barrett was also charged with filing a false police report.