Police arrest suspects in McDonald's robberies
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police have arrested three men who, they believe, robbed nearly customers at a South Florida McDonald's.
After making the arrests Wednesday afternoon, investigators are now looking into whether these men are responsible for two other fast food robberies.
According Miami Police detectives, Wednesday, at about 3:44 a.m., one man walked to the front of the McDonald's on 1016 W. Flagler St. and threw a rock at the door. Then, a total of three men herded employees and held everyone inside the restaurant at gunpoint.
"They went in, guns drawn. They put everyone to the floor," said Michael Quintana, one of the robbery victims. "As soon as everyone got to the floor, one of the guys comes over to the other side and pulled a concealed weapon on me. He took the laptop away from us and the iPhone."
Investigators said the crooks robbed 10 customers of their cell phones, laptops and other belongings. They also took a large amount of cash from the store.
Police believe there may be a possible link between this robbery and one that occurred hours before at another McDonald's location just miles away.
Just after midnight, at the McDonald's at 3200 S. Dixie Highway in Coconut Grove, customers said, two men with masks entered the dining area of the 24-hour restaurant demanding money.
A couple days before, there was another fast food robbery in North Miami Beach.
Authorities are now trying to determine if the three robberies are connected.
Miami Police arrested suspects Eddie Lee Thomasiv and cousins Leon Westbrook and Alex Westbrook. They were charged with robbery, but police said, they could be facing more severe charges. "The most interesting thing is that these individuals may be facing federal charges based on the fact that this is considered a commercial robbery because this business was in business as they were being robbed," said Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz.
Police continue to investigate.
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