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'Hamburgler' turns self in after video of her breaking into McDonald's goes viral

Posted at 1:02 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 07:59:18-05

A woman known as the 'Hamburgler' was arrested after the Howard County Police Department posted a video of her breaking into a McDonald's drive-thru window. 

Jessica Marie Cross, 27, turned herself in Thursday morning and is now being charged with burglary and theft. 

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Officers say they responded to a McDonald's in Columbia on November 5 around 5:00 in the morning after a reported burglary. One of the employees said when she got to work she saw the cash register had been touched and the office door was open. 

Investigators determined that $1,400 in cash was missing from the restaurant as well as other items. After looking at security cameras they saw that Cross had broken into the McDonald's through the drive-thru window. The store was closed at that time and investigators say she spent around 35 minutes in the business. 

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

After the surveillance video was posted by police on November 14, they said they got multiple tips that identified Cross as a possible suspect. Investigators saw that Cross owned the same car seen in the surveillance footage and started to look for her. 

When Cross heard she was wanted, she turned herself into police. 

Investigators are determining who might be eligible for a portion of the $500 reward money offered in this case.