Two employees of a Pine Bluff convenience store were arrested Monday after police learned that they had allegedly participated in a robbery at the business.

Two employees of a Pine Bluff convenience store were arrested Monday after police learned that they had allegedly participated in a robbery at the business.

Shannon Johnson, 42, and Keri Farrer, 27, were accused of conspiring with Derek Kisman, 42, and faking a robbery of the Shell convenience store at 3701 Camden Road Sept. 21.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Farrer drove Kisman and Johnson to the store, and Johnson, who was the manager, reportedly entered the store, followed by Kisman, who faked the robbery.

Detective Steve Rucker reported that Farrer waited in the truck for Kisman to drive him away from the business after the alleged robbery and told police the three were going to split the money if they had not been caught.

On Monday, Kizer said Johnson told police a man she didnít know entered the store, put his hand in his pocket as if he were holding a weapon, and told her to open the safe or he would shoot her.

Rucker reported that Johnson called 9-1-1 and when initially questioned, said she didnít know the suspect but later admitted that she had been with Kisman the previous day when the robbery was planned.

At Kizerís request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Johnson and Farrer after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with theft of property. Johnson will also be charged with communicating a false alarm.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defenderís Office to represent both women and told them to come back to court Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.