Gunmen rob McDonald's, put workers in freezer

Restaurant manager treated and released after being beaten

June 24, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Two masked gunmen robbed a McDonald's restaurant on Route 140 in Westminster early yesterdayand forced five employees into a walk-in freezer, state police said.

The restaurant manager, who was not identified in police reports, was beaten during the 12: 20 a.m. incident at 520 Baltimore Blvd., according to state police at the Westminster barracks.

He suffered several cuts to the head and was taken by state MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma center in Baltimore, where he was treated and released, police said.

The other employees, who also were not identified, were not injured, police said.

The gunmen wore black clothing and masks and each wielded a pistol as they forced their way through a back door when it was opened by an employee, police said.

Once inside, one man forced the manager and an employee into the restaurant's office and demanded the safe be opened, police said. The second man forced three employees to empty their pockets.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robbers herded the manager and four employees into a walk-in freezer. A few minutes after the men fled, the employees walked out and called police.

A sixth employee had managed to run to the basement unnoticed, hiding under large boxes, police said.

A search of the area by a state police helicopter and bloodhound was unsuccessful.

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