Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2006

Food bandit wasn’t the McBurglar this time

November 16, 2006

It wasn't the McBurglar, but an inside job last week at the Baldwin City McDonald's.

"Yeah, something like that," Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna said about the McBurglar.

Last Tuesday, a strange order involving 50 cheeseburgers and 60 orders of Chicken McNuggets eventually resulted in an employee facing embezzlement charges, said McKenna.

"We received a call at 8:15 p.m. wanting us to meet with the manager of McDonald's," said McKenna. "They had received an order for 50 cheeseburgers and 60 Chicken McNuggets. They filled the order and had the boxes ready.

"An employee scheduled to get off at 7:30 p.m. asked to get off early at 5 p.m. because he wasn't feeling well," he said. "Low and behold, the food left at about the same time."

The manager then went by the 19-year-old employee's home.

"He had all the food in the front room with several guests," said McKenna. "We interviewed him and he admitted taking the food. He said he made a mistake and offered to return the food."

The now former employee was given a citation for theft and will appear later in Municipal Court on the charge, he said. No monetary loss was available.

Baldwin police also made several arrests last week. On Friday at 7 p.m., Nick Ford, no age listed, was arrested for failure to appear on a Municipal Court warrant. McKenna said Ford turned himself in at the Douglas County Jail where the arrest was made.

Also on Friday, police arrested a 21-year-old Baldwin woman for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police responded to a non-injury accident at 8:30 p.m. at Sixth and Orange streets where a car had gone into a ditch.

"When officers arrived, they could smell alcohol on the breath of the people in the car," he said. "She failed a field sobriety test, was arrested, booked into Douglas County Jail and will face charges through Municipal Court."

Officers were also called to respond to an attempted suicide Sunday at an unspecified Baldwin location. McKenna said the Baldwin woman apparently overdosed on prescription medicine.

"She usually wakes up by 4 a.m.. When she wasn't up by 6 a.m. and was unresponsive, he called 911," said McKenna.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Police also responded to another dog at large call at 4:15 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Bison Court. McKenna said a Husky breed dog broke off his chain and got out of the fenced back yard. He then chased two teenage girls back into a house. The owner of the dog agreed to get rid of the dog and it was taken to the Lawrence Humane Society, he said.

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