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UPDATE: Robbery at Route 37 McDonald's

Police: no injuries reported, no weapons used in robbery of employee

Note: Updated with additional information Friday morning.

The on Route 37 East near Batchelor Street was the scene of a robbery Wednesday evening, police said, where an employee inside the fast-food restaurant was robbed sometime after 9 p.m.

Chief Michael Mastronardy said the suspect walked into the McDonald’s and robbed someone there.

The individual was not armed, and Mastronardy said there were no injuries as a result of the incident. He said it was believed the suspect and victim knew each other.

Mastronardy on Friday morning said the investigation was still preliminary. It is believed the suspect came in looking for an employee, robbed him after demanding cash, and then ran from the restaurant and drove off in a car.

"This wasn’t a robbery in the typical sense," said Mastronardy. "We're still investigating a simple assault and that money was removed from victim."

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The McDonald’s was open at the time serving customers and closes at 11 p.m.

He said the investigation was ongoing.

. September 15, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Maybe it was the "Hamburglar"? Glad no one was hurt.
Richard J. Thomas September 16, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Did he use the money for a big mac ?
TR September 16, 2011 at 03:14 PM
The headline makes it sound like the the McDonald's was robbed, but it wasn't, an "individual" inside was. The article says the suspect wasn't armed and it is believed that the suspect and victim knew each other. Something sounds a little Filet-O-Fishy.
TR September 17, 2011 at 01:06 AM
The APP,com site is reporting that a 16 year old employee is stating that a man took $100.00 out of his pocket while he was in the bathroom. Why would a teen have $100.00 in his pants pocket while at work? 1 plus 1 is not adding up to 2 on this story.
Craig January 14, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I can't say it enough Toms River Police are soft and are not preventing anyone from commiting crime. They know they will get away with it because the detectives don't know a thing about investigation. CRIME RATE IN TOMS RIVER IS UP 26% FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR. Now you can blame it on the residents who were displaced over the bridge. If that's the case then the township should have started a task force to deal with that. The experts say if this great town of Toms river continues this will be the next Asbury Park

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