Socorro police learn Burger King robbery was inside job

SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) –  Nearly two weeks ago, Socorro police officers got a call about a fire that happened around 10 at night. Later on, they learned that fire was meant to be a distraction for another crime.

“We believe that was to lure officers to the other side of Socorro, so that this robbery could take place,” said Angel Garcia of Socorro.

Surveillance video shows three suspects sneaking in the back door at the Burger King in Socorro. One of them is carrying a rifle.

They forced workers into the walk-in freezer. While those four workers were locked up in the freezer, one of them made a call to 9-1-1.

“Dispatch told us there were employees that were locked in a freezer, and they were unable to get out at that time,” said Garcia.

One of the suspects tried to take the money from the cash register but couldn’t get it open so another one headed to the safe.

“The third suspect went in to the office where the safe was and took the money,” said Garcia.

When officers got to Burger King, they questioned all the employees. Police say one of the workers held hostage, Frances Dunaway, was actually part of the crime.

“She admitted of being aware of a burglary that was going to take place and going to tell them when they were counting money in the office out of safe,” said Garcia.

Police say, after more questioning, they were able to track down Frances Dunaway, one of the suspects who is an ex-employee of the Burger King.

Dunaway has been charged in connection with the robbery. The two men, Guillermo Rojas and Derick Garcia are still on the loose. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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