Masked McDonald's manager allegedly robs own restaurant

PLEASANTON, Calif. - A California McDonald’s manager is accused of robbing the restaurant he managed as well as a second franchise, police said.

Felix Jeronimo Gonzalez-Becerra, 42, was later arrested and held in the San Mateo County Jail, ABC News reported.

Officials said a Hispanic male robbed a McDonald’s on Aug. 28 around 3 a.m.

Police said the suspect climbed through the drive-thru window wearing a mask, hoodie and gloves used for food preparation.

The suspect pointed a gun at employees, demanded cash from the office safe and forced the employees into a walk-in freezer, police said. He then escaped with the cash.

On the evening of Sept. 2, police responded to an armed robbery at a second McDonald’s.

This time, the suspect entered the store from the front, forced employees into the refrigerator at gunpoint and forced an employee to open the safe before he escaped with cash, police said.

ABC News reported that later that night, an officer spotted a dark-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser on Highway 92 headed towards the San Mateo Bridge, the same make of car allegedly used in both robberies, police said.

The driver, identified by police as Becerra, was pulled over on Interstate 880 and inside the car they allegedly found a black and gray hooded sweatshirt, along with a black backpack and silver replica revolver allegedly used in the crime, police said. Money identified as stolen in the robbery was also recovered, ABC News reported.

Police said that the connection between the two crimes was made the morning after the arrest. Officials realized the description of the suspect, the vehicle and the weapon used in both robberies were the same.

According to a statement by San Mateo and Pleasanton police, Becerra is currently being held at the San Mateo County Jail and criminal charges will be sought through the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, ABC News reported.

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