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Three Arrested in Connection With Grocery Store Robbery

By Joe Sullivan
By jsullivan@wbbjtv.com

BELLS, Tenn.-Three people are under arrest in Crockett County after authorities solved a crime that is being called an inside job.

According to police, the man who robbed the Food Rite Grocery Store in Bells on April 3 was actually helped by the assistant night manager.

"They staged it as an armed robbery by gunpoint. There were two cashiers in the store. One of them knew nothing about it, one of them knew everything about it," said Crockett County Sheriff Troy Klyce.

Nickolas Gibb, 22, has been charged with aggravated robbery.

Rebecca Rivera, 19, was charged with criminal responsibility.

Megan Rye, 20, was charged with criminal responsibility.

"That night they had discovered the assistant manager Ms. Rivera discussed there was a lot of money on hand. She made a phone call and they set this in motion," said Bells Police Chief Roger Jenkins.

According to police, assistant manager Rebecca Rivera confessed to the crime.

Friday she told authorities that Rye and Gibb were shopping at the Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis.

Shelby County deputies helped make the arrest Friday night.

"As he came out of the store they apprehended him and just a short moment later she came out of the store and was apprehended," said Chief Jenkins.

Authorities did not want to say how much money was taken.

They told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News a substantial amount of money was recovered including a car.

The day after the robbery, investigators said Gibb paid cash for a red Ford Mustang. Now the car is property of the Crockett County Sheriff's Department.