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Accused McDonald’s robber ordered burritos, McGriddle before demanding money from cashier

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IDAHO FALLS — A man accused of robbing a McDonald’s ordered breakfast before telling the cashier to give him money or he would be shot.

That’s according to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com.

Charles Nelson Beasley, 50, is charged with one felony count of robbery following the Saturday morning incident.

Beasley walked into McDonald’s at 650 East 17th Street around 8:10 a.m., approached the counter and ordered two breakfast burritos and a sausage, egg and cheese McGriddle.

The employee asked Beasley if he wanted mild or hot sauce, according to court documents, and Beasley responded by saying, “I have a gun. Give me all the money in the till or I will shoot you.”

Beasley allegedly then lifted up his shirt and showed the cashier a black handgun in his waistband.

“The suspect was very calm and talked softly so other customers could not hear him,” the employee later told detectives.

Beasley left the restaurant with $134, got into his vehicle and drove away.

Police were able to use McDonald’s surveillance cameras, license plate readers on I-15 and other evidence to track Beasley to his mother’s house in Bingham County.

Court documents show Beasley confessed to the robbery and told investigators he was out of work, needed money to pay bills and wanted to buy something nice for his wife.

He used the cash to purchase gas, pay his cell phone bill and buy food and cigarettes, documents say.

Detectives recovered the weapon, which was a BB-gun, from a closet in the home of Beasley’s mother. They learned he had three prior robbery charges in California.

Beasley was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on $50,000. He was arraigned Monday afternoon and has a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 21.

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