Last Week's Columbia Center Mall Robbery was Faked

Columbia Center Mall

Columbia Center Mall

Kennewick Police say a Columbia Center mall employee who claimed she was assaulted and robbed last week, actually made the whole thing up.

31-year-old Cinnabon employee Mirella Lorena Garza told police an armed man assaulted her, tied her up, then stole a bag full of several days worth of deposits.

She later admitted, she stole the money, and made up the story to cover up the theft.

She's been booked into the Benton County Jail for 2nd degree theft.