HOWARD COUNTY POLICE BEAT / Jessica Cross won’t let McDonald’s being closed keep her from a happy meal and some HappyCash

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HOWARD COUNTY POLICE BEAT / Jessica Cross won’t let McDonald’s being closed keep her from a happy meal and some HappyCash

Jessica Cross breaking into McDonald’s in Columbia, Md.  Screenshot from video Howard County Police

COLUMBIA, MD. The Howard County Police got a little help from their friends in social media after posting a video that went viral of a woman breaking into a McDonald’s through a drive-thru window, police have arrested the suspect, identified as Jessica Marie Cross, 27, of Springdale, Md.

Howard County Police say Cross was taken into custody on Nov. 16, 2017, and is being charged with burglary and theft.

Howard County police responded around 5 a.m. on Nov. 5 to the McDonald’s located in the 8300 block of Benson Drive in Columbia for a report of a burglary. An employee reported that she arrived to work and found cash registers disturbed and the office door open. Investigators determined that $1,400 in cash was missing from the restaurant.

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Officers reviewed video surveillance from the business and saw a white Hyundai Sonata pull into the McDonald’s drive-thru around 1 a.m. The driver, now identified as Cross, appears to attempt to place an order in the drive-thru lane, but the business was closed. Cross is seen in the video pushing open the drive-thru window, which was not locked, looking inside and pouring herself a drink. She is then seen crawling through the window and entering the restaurant, where she remains for approximately 35 minutes.

Police believe Cross stole cash, a purse, food items and Happy Meal toys while in the business. She is seen on video attempting to disable the surveillance system, wipe her fingerprints from the area and wash the cash drawers to remove her fingerprints.

Police believe Cross stole cash, a purse, food items and Happy Meal toys while in the business. She is seen on video attempting to disable the surveillance system, wipe her fingerprints from the area and wash the cash drawers to remove her fingerprints.

After posting the video clip online Nov. 14, 2017, police received multiple tips that identified Cross as a possible suspect. After comparing Cross’s MVA photo to the video and confirming she owns a white Hyundai, detectives determined that Cross was the suspect in the burglary. Investigators began searching for Cross, who learned she was wanted and agreed to turn herself into police this morning.

Howard County Police report that investigators are determining who might be eligible for a portion of the $500 reward money offered in this case.

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