KENNEWICK, Wa. - A woman from Pasco has pleaded guilty to theft and false reporting after telling police she was robbed leaving Cinnabon at the Columbia Center Mall.
31-year-old Mirella Lorena Garza appeared in Benton County Court last week.
Kennewick Police say the former Cinnabon employee initially told officers back in December, that someone carrying a handgun stole her deposit bag in a hallway behind the store, tied her hands with zip ties, and took off.
During the investigation, officers say they determined Garza made the whole thing up.
Police say Garza admitted to the theft, so officers arrested and booked her into the Benton County Jail for 2nd degree theft.
Officers say the important thing for the public to know, is that there was never an armed person or robbery at the Columbia Center Mall Cinnabon.
Officers say Garza's lie cost the tax payers an incredible amount of police resources, what with the initial call and response for the supposed armed robbery at the mall, the detective's subsequent follow-up and the prosecution by the Benton County Prosecutor's Office.