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Girl apprehended in convenience store robbery not 'bikini bandit' on camera

Oct 22, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Accomplice involved in armed hold-up

A teenage girl arrested Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery at a Riverton gas station was an accomplice, officials said - not the robber.

The incident was reported at about 4 a.m. Monday from the Pit Stop on South Federal Boul-evard in Riverton.

Surveillance video showed a scantily clad woman pointing a gun at the clerk. She reportedly obtained $300 from the store and left on foot.

The defendant in custody, Rae'Chelle Rae'Lene Charley, 16, has been charged with aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

Fremont County Attorney Pat LeBrun confirmed Charley is the individual who was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery by the Riverton Police Department in connection with the Pit Stop incident.

LeBrun is charging Charley as an adult.

Conspiracy

Court documents state Charley and two other individuals planned the Monday stick-up at the South Federal Pit Stop store.

Investigators believe Charley served as a scout during the incident.

In an affidavit, RPD detective Dan Ladd said Charley went into the store to make sure the clerk was alone. Once her task was completed, Ladd said Charley signaled to the others involved in the alleged robbery.

"A second individual involved entered the store after receiving the OK from Charley and proceeded to rob the clerk at gun point," Ladd said.

Charley came to the police station with her aunt at 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday and spoke with Ladd about the alleged robbery, the detective said.

Charley has a $50,000 cash or surety bond and a preliminary hearing on Oct. 28. Her charges together carry a penalty of five to 50 years in prison.

WRPD help

Wind River Police Department school resource officer Tyler Stream alerted the RPD that Charley might be a suspect related to the Pit Stop robbery, Ladd said.

Stream told Ladd that Charley might be in pictures taken from security camera footage disseminated by the RPD.

Three still shots from the surveillance camera show a female entering the store in a pink sweat shirt.

A fourth shows a female wearing only a bikini top, short-shorts and shoes pointing a gun across the store's counter, presumably at a clerk.

It is unclear if the individuals depicted are the same or different people.

On Thursday, RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said the case still us under investigation, and his office is working to determine the identities of the people in the photos.

"We believe there is more than one person involved," Murphy said.

RPD had not arrested anyone else related to the case as of Thursday morning.

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A surveillance camera captured this low-quality picture of Monday's armed robber at a Riverton Pit Stop store.

A surveillance camera captured this low-quality picture of Monday's armed robber at a Riverton Pit Stop store.


A surveillance camera captured this low-quality picture of Monday's armed robber at a Riverton Pit Stop store.

A surveillance camera captured this low-quality picture of Monday's armed robber at a Riverton Pit Stop store.

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