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Clerk arrested in store theft

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The clerk who was robbed at a downtown Franklin gas station was arrested Tuesday after police said he staged the robbery with another man.

Police arrested Joel Glassburn, 22, Franklin, on charges of theft and false reporting.

On Aug. 7, Glassburn reported that a man came into the Admiral Gas Station, 237 W. Jefferson St., about 2 a.m., said he had a gun and demanded money and cigarettes. Glassburn handed the items over and called police to say the station had been robbed.

Police received a call from the owner later that day who said a 20-year-old man, who had applied for a job, came in to check on his application and pick up a form for a friend, Franklin Police Sgt. John Borges said. The job hunter looked similar to the man who had robbed the store, so he reported it to police, Borges said.

Police picked up the man and questioned him, at which time he said he and Glassburn had faked the robbery, Borges said. Police found in his home $395 in cash and the clothing the man was wearing the night of the robbery, Borges said.

He was not arrested, but police are submitting information about the incident to the prosecutor for review. The prosecutor will decide what, if any, charges to file.

Glassburn, 1062 Millstone Court, was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $2,200 bond.

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