Court Documents: Taco Time Employee Arranged 2017 Robbery
A former Casper Taco Time employee on Wednesday pleaded guilty to staging a 2017 robbery at the restaurant. An accomplice also pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the incident.
Gilbert Bo Lucas and Sabrina Schroefel pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in Natrona County District Court Wednesday morning.
The charges stem from a 2017 robbery of a Taco Time restaurant in Casper. .
Lucas was a Taco Time employee at the time of the robbery.
According to court documents, police responded to the reported robbery at roughly 9 p.m. on August 16, 2017.
Lucas and another employee called police after a man wielding a knife and wearing a ski mask entered the restaurant through the back door. The assailant held the other employee at knife-point and demanded money.
The suspect knocked the other employee to the floor and knelt on him as Lucas collected money from different locations in the building.
When the suspect fled, the other employee grabbed a tortilla knife and attempted to chase him down.
During the course of the investigation, Casper detectives learned Lucas and the robber, identified as Dominic Jones, organized the robbery. Lucas told Jones that there was a substantial amount of money in the restaurant's cash register. Lucas knew from his employment at Taco Time that the security cameras in the building did not record properly.
The restaurant's owner advised $1,250 was stolen during the robbery.
Police learned that Lucas left the building's back door unlocked for Jones. An employee who had gone home for the night told police he repeatedly locked the door for security reasons, but Lucas apparently kept unlocking it.
Schroefel served as the getaway driver and waited outside in a vehicle while the robbery took place. .
According to charging documents, Jones bragged to his mother that he robbed Taco Time.
Jones was arrested on Sept. 4, 2017 for a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Worland. He was subsequently convicted of aggravated assault and is serving out a five-to-seven-year sentence at the Wyoming boot camp in Newcastle.
A sentencing date for Schroefel and Lucas has not yet been set. They each face up to 25 years in prison, a fine of $50,000 or both.