Mount Dora, FL –
Customers at a McDonald’s in Mount Dora were forced into a freezer while three armed men robbed the business early Thursday morning, police say.
The masked men walked into the restaurant at 18900 US Highway 441 around 3:30 a.m. with handguns, according to police.
They pushed four customers and two employees into a freezer and forced another employee, who is pregnant, to open the safe, police said. The victims tried calling 911 from the freezer but couldn’t get any service. They were in the freezer for about 10 minutes, police said.
One of the men told the employee opening the safe he would hurt her if she didn’t hurry, a police report said.
“We just got robbed,” the audibly shaken employee told a 911 dispatcher.
The dispatcher told her officers were on the way and asked if everyone was OK.
“They’re all in the freezer,” she responded. “They put me in the office.”
She said the men “didn’t know what they were doing” and ran out. She didn’t follow them to see where they were going, she said.
“I’m pregnant and didn’t want to get shot,” she said.
The men ran away with at least $2,000, according to police. They also stole a cell phone that was sitting on a table, police said.
Another customer who was in the drive-thru realized there was a robbery and called 911. Officers responded and released the patrons from the freezer, the report said.
The suspects remain on the loose. No one was hurt in the incident.
The same McDonald’s was robbed in February when two men with guns forced employees to give them about $1,500 from a safe. It’s not clear if the two are related.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.