At 1:10 p.m. this afternoon, PG&E customer service representative Jacob Barrett of Anderson reported to the Redding Police Department he was working the front counter when a male subject entered the building wearing a hooded sweatshirt and ski mask. The suspect simulated a gun and demanded cash. Barrett turned over an undisclosed amount of currency and the suspect fled from the location on foot.
A witness at the scene reportedly saw the suspect exit the customer service center and get into a white Chevrolet truck similar in make to Barrett's vehicle. Officers responded to Barrett's residence on Stingy Lane in Anderson. A vehicle matching the description provided by the witness was parked in front of the location. At approximately 2:25 p.m., the vehicle was observed leaving the Stingy Lane address. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the Bay Street and Sandstone Drive intersection in Anderson. The driver, identified as 21-year-old Ian Hargreaves, was detained without incident and police collected numerous items of evidence from the vehicle.
Hargreaves and Barrett were both transported to the Redding Police Department Investigations Division for interviews. Further investigation revealed the two men were roommates and conspired to fake an armed robbery while Barrett was working the customer service counter at PG&E. Both Hargreaves and Barrett admitted their involvement in the crime according to police. Both were booked into Shasta County jail for burglary and conspiracy charges. Barrett was also charged with filing a false police report.