North Idaho

Teen accused of staging phony robbery

Teen accused of staging phony robbery

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - An 18-year-old man has been arrested for planning a phony robbery at a Coeur d'Alene Jimmy John's where he's employed.

Coeur d'Alene Police arrested Joshua James Reed on Wednesday for burglary, criminal conspiracy, grand theft and preparing false evidence.

"It's bogus," Reed said in a jailhouse interview with KXLY4. "It's ridiculous, I feel like this is a witch hunt against me."

Coeur d'Alene Police said that they got a call from Reed on May 3 reporting a robbery that just occurred at the Jimmy John's he works at on N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. Reed told police that he was taking out the trash after his shift when he was confronted by a masked person with a gun. He said the person demanded to be let inside and that's when the robbery occurred.

Reed added that no one else was inside the restaurant because both other workers had gone home. Surveillance video did photograph the person and the weapon that was used. Police said they recovered an airsoft gun and bank bag used in the alleged robbery. Detectives think that Reed planned the robbery and was assisted by three others that have yet to be arrested.

Reed maintained his innocence Thursday night.

"There is no actual evidence putting me in the position to have set up the robbery like they said I have," Reed said. "I haven't heard or seen anything from them, convincing me that I've done it."

Reed was arrested at his home in Coeur d'Alene and booked into jail Wednesday.

"Cop showed up at my house and asked if I had anything else to say about what happened that night and I said 'No' and he said 'OK, you're under arrest,'" Reed said.

Coeur d'Alene police said that they are not releasing the names of the other people because they have not been arrested.