Two women accused of staging a fake robbery at an adult bookstore were charged Tuesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.
Kayla Kayline Brist, 20, and Dawna Kailine Kranzler, 42, appeared before Judge Larry Herman on charges of felony theft and misdemeanor false reports to law enforcement.
The women appeared in court on a summons, and Herman allowed them to remain free without bond. He scheduled arraignment for Sept. 17.
According to court records, Kranzler called police June 1 to report a robbery at the Broadway Book Store on Midland Road. Kranzler said the robber had left the area.
When officers arrived, they found Brist bound to a chair behind the counter. She said a man had come into the business armed with a gun and bound her to the chair.
Brist reported that the robber took cash, two glass pipes, a bottle of massage oil, a re-chargeable sex toy, a bondage chair and two laptop computers, court records state.
Officer became suspicious of the report when “inconsistency began to arise,” including Brist’s description of how the suspect carried items from the store and how she described hearing the robber drive away.
As two officers remained in the store, a third revved the engine of his patrol car, court records state. The officers inside the store could not hear the running patrol car, despite the officer “revving his engine to high rpms.”
One of the officers also noted that tire tracks in the area where the women reported the suspect had fled matched the tread on Kranzler’s van.
The women met with a police detective on June 18 and “made full confessions to falsely reporting the incident,” court records state.
Brist reportedly said they staged the robbery because of financial problems and had spent approximately $3,800 in cash taken from the business.
The store owner reported the total loss at $7,383.