An Upper Macungie Township man allegedly told police that he scored about $60 to serve as the get-away driver during the armed robbery of an Allentown restaurant in July.
That leaves him about $99,940 short on bail money.
Authorities charged Miguel Angel Rivera Franco with robbery and conspiracy in connection to the July 24 robbery of the La Placita restaurant. District Judge Rashid Santiago arraigned the 51-year-old Tuesday afternoon, setting bail at $100,000.
Police responded to the restaurant at 158 N. 12th Street about noon on July 24 to investigate reports of an armed robbery. The owners told police that two men came into the restaurant and robbed them at gunpoint of about $300 and a gold necklace, according to court records.
The robbers allegedly pointed a handgun at one man’s head and then struck him in the head with it. The victims were forced to the ground, and the thieves stole a gold necklace from around the neck of the man they had struck with a gun.
Police received a tip about three weeks after the robbery that Rivera and two others had robbed the restaurant.
During a Sept. 14 interview with investigators, Rivera allegedly admitted to serving as the get-away driver while two others committed the robbery. Rivera told police he received $50 to $60 from the proceeds of the stickup.
Court records do not indicate the identities of the other suspects.
Rivera failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 27.