Police: Hillcrest McDonald's Robber Was Manager's Mom

A McDonald's employee who reported being robbed at her Hillcrest workplace wound up behind bars along with her mother less than 24 hours later, following a police search during which detectives allegedly found a large cache of money and other incriminating evidence in the women's home, authorities reported Tuesday.

Yurico Villanueva, 22, and 44-year-old Rebeca Rebollar-Gomez were booked into the Las Colinas women's jail late Monday night on suspicion of conspiracy, burglary, grand theft and embezzlement, according to San Diego police and jail officials.

Early Monday morning, Villanueva reported that she had been confronted by a man and woman while unlocking the front door of her University Avenue workplace for the day. She told them the pair forced her into an office area and demanded that she open the restaurant's safe.

The female thief then emptied the lockbox and put the money in a small duffel bag before fleeing along with the man, SDPD Lt. Kevin Ammon said.

While interviewing Villanueva's co-workers and reviewing surveillance images of the robbers, a detective concluded that one of the bandits resembled the alleged victim's mother, according to Ammon.

During a subsequent search of the home the mother and daughter share, officers allegedly found a large amount of cash, a sack resembling the one used by the thieves to carry off their loot and clothing matching that worn by the female bandit.

The suspects were expected to be arraigned in downtown San Diego on Thursday afternoon.