It wasn't Captain Crook or the Hamburglar, but a suspect in two takeover-style robberies of McDonald's restaurants in the Bay Area was arrested earlier this month, San Mateo police announced Tuesday.
Felix Gonzalez-Becerra, 42, of Oakland was arrested Sept. 2 on Interstate 880 in San Leandro after police said they spotted his vehicle fleeing the scene of a burgled fast-food joint in the Laurelwood Shopping Center on West Hillsdale Boulevard in San Mateo.
Police said Gonzalez-Becerra forced the employees of the McDonald's into a freezer at gunpoint about 10:30 p.m. and made one worker open a safe. He reportedly fled with cash, police said. No one was injured in the robbery.
Witnesses helped police get a detailed description of the suspect, which aided arrest efforts.
San Mateo police said they picked up Gonzalez-Becerra's trail on his way to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge as he was driving a dark-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Pleasanton police also told San Mateo cops that the suspect and burglary were similar to another incident they were investigating.
On Aug. 28, a man matching Gonzalez-Becerra's description reportedly robbed a McDonald's in Pleasanton about 3 a.m. In that robbery, the suspect also forced the employees into a freezer at gunpoint and ordered a safe to be opened. The suspect also fled with cash and no one was injured.
Pleasanton police said Gonzalez-Becerra had an employment connection to the McDonald's store in the earlier robbery. Based on that and the similarity between the two robberies, he has been named a suspect in that incident as well.
During his arrest in San Leandro, police said they found cash in Gonzalez-Becerra's car along with a replica handgun, backpack and hooded sweatshirt.
He is being held in San Mateo County Jail and faces charges in both San Mateo and Alameda counties.