The video had roughly 260,000 views on Facebook as of Friday morning.
Authorities said the burglary happened around 1 a.m. on Nov. 5 at a McDonald’s along Benson Drive in the Village of Long Reach in Columbia, Md. A restaurant employee called 911 later that morning and said she came to work and found cash registers “disturbed and the office door open.”
Investigators found that $1,400 was missing from the cash registers.
Video surveillance footage showed how the event unfolded.
In it, detectives said, a white Hyundai Sonata pulls into the McDonald’s drive-through around 1 a.m. The driver, who police later identified as Cross, tries to place an order but the restaurant is closed.
So the woman pushes open the unlocked drive-through window, looks inside and leans through the window. As she’s leaning inside the window, she attempts to pour herself a drink from the soda machine. Then she climbs, one leg at a time, through the window, goes inside and stays in the restaurant for 35 minutes.
While inside, she allegedly stole cash, a purse, some food and Happy Meal toys, according to police.
At one point, the video shows the woman trying to disable the surveillance system. She takes a moment to wipe her fingerprints off the surveillance system and the cash drawers, according to police. As she’s loading items into a box, at one point, she covers her head with a black shirt, the video shows. She then rests the box on the window of the drive-through.
She left the restaurant through a door, police said. And then went around to the drive-through window to get the box. Police said no one else was involved in the incident.
The 1½-minute video went viral online after police posted it and said they were looking for the suspect, and dubbed her the “Hamburglar” after the McDonald’s cartoon character who is known for stealing hamburgers and is portrayed dressed in a black mask and black and white shirt. Police said they received several tips that they said identified Cross as the suspect.
Officials compared a driver’s license photo of Cross to the video and confirmed that she owns a car that matched the one seen in the video at the McDonald’s on the day of the burglary.
Investigators searched for her, found her and told her that she was wanted, police said. Cross agreed to turn herself in Thursday morning. It did not appear from online court records that Cross has an attorney at this time.
Police said they’ve got one more mystery to solve in this caper — who gets a portion of the $500 reward money that was offered in the case.