BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The woman who Howard County police have dubbed “the Hamburglar” has turned herself in.

After the police department posted a video that went viral on social media of a woman breaking into a Columbia McDonald’s through a drive-thru window, they say tips came flooding in.

Jessica Marie Cross, 27, of Springdale, was taken into custody Thursday morning and is being charged with burglary and theft.

jessica marie cross hamburglar Police: Howard County Hamburglar Arrested For McDonalds Drive Thru Theft

Jessica Marie Cross

Howard County police responded around 5 a.m. on Nov. 5 to the McDonald’s located in the 8300 block of Benson Drive for a report of a burglary.

An employee reported that she arrived to work and found cash registers disturbed and the office door open. Investigators determined that $1,400 in cash was missing from the restaurant.

Officers reviewed video surveillance from the business and saw a white Hyundai Sonata pull into the McDonald’s drive thru around 1 a.m. The driver appears to try to place an order in the drive-thru lane, but the business was closed.

The suspect is seen on the video pushing open the drive-thru window, which was not locked, looking inside and pouring herself a drink. She is then seen crawling through the window and entering the restaurant, where she remains for approximately 35 minutes.

Police believe Cross stole cash, a purse, food items and Happy Meal toys. Police say she is seen on video attempting to disable the surveillance system and wash the cash drawers to remove her fingerprints.

After posting the video clip online Nov. 14, police received multiple tips that identified Cross as a possible suspect.

After comparing Cross’s MVA photo to the video and confirming she owns a white Hyundai, detectives determined that Cross was the suspect in the burglary.

Investigators began searching for Cross, who learned she was wanted and agreed to turn herself in to police this morning.

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Comments (9)
  1. Can anyone say “inside job?” Why was the window unlocked? When I worked fast food the soda fountains were dismantled and the nozzles soaked in cleaning solution overnight. If you tried to use them (up, they have a lock on the side) the soda would splash all over the room. Cash drawers were locked in a safe, so they would not have had access. It all sounds fishy to me. Someone on the inside helped cross with her late night adventure. And I have to agree with the “looks like Grimace” comment. I was trying to think of how to express it but I couldn’t top that one.

  2. Misty Waters says:

    looks like this lard ass needs her foodstamps reduced, and that but crack needs some underwear. just like these people, they steal from the tax payer and anyone else they can….ship it back to welfare road

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