Lehigh Valley

Police allege Popeyes employee in on stickup

The unknown gunman made off with about $2,000

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police allege that a fast food restaurant employee ordered to the ground during a stickup was in on the heist.

Authorities charged Eduardo Caban, of Main Street in Bethlehem, with robbery, conspiracy and theft by deception in connection to the Monday morning robbery of a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. District Judge Michael Pochron arraigned the 35-year-old Monday night setting bail at $75,000.

Police were dispatched to the Popeyes at 1306 Hanover Ave. about 8:30 a.m. Monday to investigate a reported armed robbery. After heading outside to smoke a cigarette, Caban was accompanied back into the store by a man wearing a bandana and brandishing a handgun, according to court records.

Caban told officers that the robber pointed a gun at him and that he told the assailant that he didn’t know the combination to the restaurant safe, according to records. The gunman reportedly ordered Caban and another employee to the floor.

Police said the other employee opened the safe, and Caban reportedly put about $2,000 into a backpack and handed it to the robber.

During an interview at police headquarters, Caban allegedly admitted to meeting with the gunman several times to plan the heist. His cut was supposed to be a few hundred dollars.

Caban failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for April 9.

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