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Woman convicted of bogus robbery in Stafford
A woman who helped stage a robbery to steal money from a restaurant she managed was convicted of two felony charges Monday.
Brianna Darcy Knoff, 29, of Spotsylvania, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and possession of illegal drugs in Stafford County Circuit Court.
She was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison with all but two months suspended.
According to prosecutor Caleb Frigerio, Knoff got her former boyfriend to assist in the theft.
She was the manager of the Ponderosa on U.S. 17 (Warrenton Road) when a robbery was reported there late Aug. 8.
Knoff told police that she was closing for the night when an armed black man wearing a ski mask came to the back door.
He placed a gun against her head and led her to the main office, where he made her open the safe, according to the story.
After taking the money, Knoff said the robber made her drive him to the nearby Olde Forge area, where he got into an SUV and headed toward Interstate 95.
Detective Todd Nosal investigated the incident and soon determined that Knoff’s story was bogus.
He later arrested her and her alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Robert Franklin Clark of Stafford.
Clark is charged with grand larceny and conspiracy. His trial is set for May 2 in Stafford Circuit Court.
Frigerio said Knoff was also ordered to pay several thousand dollars in restitution to the restaurant and to the Sheriff’s Office for causing them to investigate the phony report.
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