Robber climbs through McDonald's drive-thru, rings up Big Mac and Coke

An armed robber climbed through a northeast Atlanta McDonald’s drive-thru window, rang up a Big Mac and a Coke and made off with the food as well as an unspecified amount of money, police told Channel 2 Action News.

Employees at the fast-food chain’s Cheshire Bridge Road location told police they were preparing breakfast when they saw the man “casually going about opening the register, removing cash,” Atlanta police Capt. Andrew Senzer said Tuesday.

A startled employee reacted, and the robber pulled out a pistol, took an unspecified amount of money and left the restaurant through one of the doors, Senzer said.

“I screamed and ran, hoping he didn’t shoot,” employee Bionca Moses told Channel 2. “I just prayed he didn’t shoot.”

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Officers responded to the restaurant about 3:30 a.m. and reviewed surveillance footage.

Authorities are investigating after an armed robber climbed through a northeast Atlanta McDonald’s drive-thru window and took cash. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“He knew were were all in the back and he came out,” Moses said. “He even rang up a Big Mac and a Coke.”

That footage showed a 6-foot-2 man in dark clothing enter through the drive-thru window and walk to the register, Senzer said. Part of the man’s face was concealed with a mask or another article of clothing, according to police.

The man stuffed the cash in his pockets and left through the door, the news station reported.

“The doors were locked,” Senzer said. “Apparently, the drive-thru window was not.”

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Since September, at least three metro Atlanta McDonald’s have been hit in similar fashion.

A gunman climbed through the drive-thru window of a Hapeville McDonald’s on North Central Avenue about 3 a.m. Sept. 13 and shot an employee.

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And about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 2, an armed robber ran past customers in line, climbed through the window of a DeKalb County McDonald’s on Wesley Chapel Road and made off with the cash register.

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Police have not said if the previous incidents are related to the latest robbery.

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