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Robbery suspect claims innocence after being implicated by other suspects

By Allie Norton, Multimedia Journalist, allien@kxly.com
Published On: Apr 21 2014 08:29:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 21 2014 08:46:19 PM CDT

The third suspect in Thursday night's robbery at a north Spokane McDonald's made his first court appearance Monday, but said he had nothing to do with it. KXLY4's Allie Norton reports.

SPOKANE, Wash. -

The third suspect in Thursday night's robbery at a north Spokane McDonald's made his first court appearance Monday, but said he had nothing to do with it.

Sean Gilbert was arrested Friday and has been charged with a single count of first degree robbery. Two others are also facing charges in this case and Spokane Police are trying to figure out if they're involved in two other drive thru robberies and a gas station robbery last week.

Gilbert, in a jailhouse interview Monday, said he thinks he being blamed for being a middle man by making two other suspects -- Thomas Craigen and Jessica Schwartzenberger -- rob McDonald's so they can pay him for prescription drugs.

But police said Craigen and Schwartzenberger claimed Gilbert was the one who took the cash register tray from McDonald's last Thursday night. Craigen and Schwartzenberger were arrested for the robbery last Thursday and police said they admitted to being involved in the robbery, but pointed their fingers at Gilbert for the actual act.

Gilbert said he wasn't involved.

"I've always been a hard worker I thought, I've never been one to get things the easy way. I hope they find the person who did it," Gilbert said. "I don't know why anybody would want to. Can I have a burger and fries with that?"

The trio have been charged with the robbery last Thursday but Spokane Police said there could be more charges coming.

Investigators are looking at if any of the three were involved in any of the robberies including another McDonald's last Tuesday and a Wendy's last Wednesday.

Bail has been set for Gilbert at $250,000 and he will make his next court appearance for his arraignment on May 1.

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