Drive-thru crimes connected?

The same suspect is ordering menu item No. 1 with a bullet after police said the masked man committed his 13th robbery early Tuesday morning at a McDonald’s in the Ingleside neighborhood.

San Francisco police are investigating 13 incidents in The City since Oct. 14 at fast-food restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores “that seem to be related,” Sgt. Luke Martin with the police robbery unit said.

In addition to the Ingleside fast-food robbery, Foster City police are investigating whether this hamburglar robbed a McDonald’s on Triton Drive through its drive-thru window at 11:44 p.m. Monday night.

“The locations have differed although the [method of operation] has been similar,” Martin said.

In the Ingleside robbery, police said an unidentified black man dressed in dark clothing with a black mask or bandanna covering his face entered the McDonald’s drive-thru window at 1:30 a.m. at Ocean Avenue near Plymouth.

The suspect pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the cashier, demanding money, San Francisco police said. The suspect stole an unknown amount of cash and exited through the same drive-thru window.

Two San Francisco police robbery inspectors witnessed the armed robbery, firing several times at the suspect. The alleged robber fled in a silver, 4-door sedan, police said.

A woman inside her house near the McDonald’s at the time of the shooting was struck by debris dislodged by the bullets. She was treated and released from San Francisco General Hospital for an injury that was not life-threatening, police said.

Just an hour and a half earlier in Foster City, the McDonald’s at 1101 Triton Drive was robbed when a white or silver, 4-door sedan — possibly a Chevy Impala or Dodge Stratus — stopped at the drive-thru, Capt. Matt Martell of Foster City police said.

Witnesses reported seeing a black man wearing a black ski mask and black jacket exit his car, run up to the drive-thru window and show a black handgun, Martell said.

“When the cashier was slow to respond, the subject reached in, half crawled through the window, pushed the teller out of the way and took most of the cash from the register,” Martell said.

“There are strong similarities” between the two crimes, Martell said.

Foster City police are working with San Francisco police to determine if the incidents are related.

In both instances, no shots were fired by the suspect, police said.

Anyone with information should call San Francisco police on the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

dsmith@examiner.com

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