A 27-year-old Deltona man went through a lot of trouble late Wednesday night to get his hands on some extra cash.
Deputies arrested 27-year-old Brian McCoy was arrested after a mini-crime spree that began shortly before 10:30 p.m. at a Burger King on Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary.
Officials say a motorist rolled up to the drive-thru lane and ordered two cheeseburgers and some fries but when he got to the pickup window, McCoy declared that it was a robbery and ordered the employee to hand over the money from the cash register.
Investigators say the robbery attempt, however, was quickly and easily foiled when the restaurant manager working the drive-thru window refused the man's demands and closed the window.
Deputies say McCoy then drove off headed eastbound on Dirksen Drive towards Deltona.
The attempted robbery at the Burger King was reported to the Sheriff's Office at 10:27 p.m. Deputies had scarcely begun their search for the suspect when just 10 minutes later and about 1.5 miles away from the Burger King, a man fitting the same description robbed a Circle K store on Deltona Boulevard in Deltona.
Officials say this time, the suspect managed to get away with some money but he also was recognized by one of the store clerks, who initially thought the man was joking when he came to the counter with a 12-pack of beer and then announced: "I'm sorry to do this on Thanksgiving, but I need all the money in your register."
Police say when another customer came up behind the suspect, he motioned for her to go in front of him.
Investigators say after the customer completed her transaction, the suspect then continued with the robbery. The clerk said she was fearful for her safety and said the suspect looked like he was high on drugs, so she complied with his demands and handed over approximately $87 from the cash register. The man took the cash and beer and fled out the store.
During the course of the investigation, deputies actually spoke to McCoy over the phone and he said he wanted to turn himself in. He then called back at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning to report that he was in a grocery store parking lot in Sanford.
Seminole County deputies picked up McCoy and delivered him to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, where he's being held without bond on one count of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.