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Police: 3 Men Arrested in Robbery at New City McDonald's

Former employee, current employee charged in what police say looks like an "inside job."

Three Haverstraw men were arrested today in connection with an early-morning  robbery at the New City McDonald's, where police say a current employee of the restaurant is accused of helping a former employee in the robbery.

Police said no one was injured in the robbery, which took place about 3:10 a.m. today at the Calvalry Drive restaurant. Two men were arrested by Clarkstown police within minutes of the robbery and about $6,000 that was stolen was recovered.

A third man, an employee who was one of two workers tied up at the restaurant in the robbery, was later arrested after an investigation by Clarkstown detectives, who charged him with being a participant in the robbery.

Police said the incident began when two men, Elvis Jorge, 22, and Pablo Lopez, 28, entered an open door at the McDonald's, which was closed for the night. Police said Jorge and Lopez threatened a manager and a worker inside the restaurant with a metal baseball bat and then tied up the two employees with tape.

Jorge and Lopez, police said, took more than $3,000 from the restaurant safe and then fled with the money in a bag.

Police said that within minutes the store manager was able to break free of the tape and called police. As a Clarkstown police officer was on his way to the McDonald's in response to the emergency call, he spotted Jorge and Lopez in the nearby park-and-ride commuter lot along Route 304.

Police said the two men were found with the bag containing the cash from the McDonald's robbery. Police said Jorge and Lopez were arrested without incident.

Police said Lopez is a former employee at the New City McDonald's. During the investigation, police said detectives discovered that one of the two employees tied up in the robbery, Joan Sanchez-Perez, 29, was actually a participant in the robbery.

Police said the door used by Jorge and Lopez to enter the McDonald's is normally closed and locked. Investigators believe Jorge and Lopez were waiting at the commuter lot for someone to pick them up.

Jorge and Lopez are both accused of robbery, grand larceny, menacing, possession of stolen property and possession of a weapon. Sanchez-Perez is accused of acting in concert with a robbery, conspiracy and criminal facilitation.

All three men were arraigned this afternoon in Clarkstown Town Court in New City, with Jorge ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City without bail, and Sanchez-Perez and Lopez were both being held on $25,000 bail each.

Joh April 03, 2011 at 11:30 PM
how much time do you think they will do?
Scotty April 04, 2011 at 03:43 AM
One small detail Joh, does the word "trial" ring a bell ? I assume you mean after trial ? Since they are charged with some serious crimes, I'd say a few years, 3-8 probably. Using a baseball bat during a felony is usually considered a "deadly weapon" since it is in the hands of criminals not baseball players. Robbery, grand larceny are both pretty serious and the government frowns on them if you know what I mean.
mama juana April 09, 2011 at 03:22 AM
I wish Havertraw would shut up and stop being in everyone's business and stop saying things that are not true. jUST let them go there's worse things going out there, plus isn't the jail going to be crowded with the sweep they just did in Haverstraw.
Chris April 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
This McDonald's is terrible... slow, slow service. Probably did not yield them much money at all.
Adam A. May 02, 2013 at 03:52 AM
@mamajuana you're either incredibly ignorant or you need to look up the definition of crime. I'm pretty sure robbery falls into that category. Why should they get away with $6000 that isn't theirs? They didn't earn it nor do they deserve it. If they want money they should go out and get a job and work like everybody else does in today's society. If you support these criminals then you're no better than they are

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