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Woman Pleads Not Guilty of Staging Robbery

Yi "Candy" Zhang reported a robbery to police, but surveillance footage shows her treating the alleged robbers affectionately before stealing money from a client at the massage business.

The owner of a Temecula massage parlor pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of faking a robbery.

Yi "Candy" Zhang, 51, entered the pleas at an arraignment hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in French Valley, according to court records.

Zhang allegedly called the sheriff's department on March 6 to report that three masked men -- one with a gun -- barged into her business, Pacific Massage, forced her into a back room and stole several hundred dollars in cash and two computers.

One of the robbers entered a massage room, Zhang told officials, held up a patron of the business and stole his wallet with $60 and credit cards inside, according to sheriff's Investigator Brett Devine.

But when sheriff's officials reviewed the surveillance footage, it told a very different story, Devine wrote in a search warrant affidavit.

"In the video, it was apparent Ms. Zhang knew the suspects as she embraced (one of the suspects) and pulled her face closely to his," the investigator wrote. "She also did not appear to be under any duress in the video and at times, she directed the suspects to various rooms inside the business as to assist them with locating cash/goods."

Zhang was released after pleading on $30,000 bail.

THE REAL Anita Drink June 21, 2012 at 03:50 AM
The owner of the business didn't even remember that she had a video surveilance system set up? What a dumb ass broad.
Winchester Collection June 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Thats why I wouldn't go to a message parlor. Not only is it creapy having some stranger touch me but then they rob you. WTF.
TVOR June 22, 2012 at 05:22 PM
This is what happens when you go to a place known for illegal activity. There are plenty of legitimate massage businesses in town, why mess with the whorehouses unless you want to break the law?
Temecula Bob July 05, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Just sayin'... if I'm going to pay for a massage it's going to be at a classy resort with fine dining, wine, expensive bathrobes and room-service. I know it's just my opinion, but these hole in the wall places I've seen around Temecula seem trashy. Have you seen that place near the RV sales center on Jefferson? You can eat a taco, go next door and get drunk, go next door and buy a bottle of alcohol, go next door and get a tattoo, and then finish it all off with a massage. It's just kind of weird. Creepy to say the least. It's a good thing there's a church next door to balance it all out.

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