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MCBURGLAR! McDonald’s Golden Rock Employees Startled When Burglar Is Still Inside The Restaurant As They Were About To Open

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: McDonald’s Golden Rock put a minor issue of an early morning burglar behind them and quickly re-opened for business after only being closed for three hours.

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CHRISTIANSTED — McDonald’s Golden Rock employees were startled by a burglar when they entered the restaurant early this morning to prepare to open their doors, according to the restaurant’s management.

Michael Slezak, St. Croix operations consultant for McDonald’s, said the burglar fled out the door when employees first entered the restaurant prior to 6 a.m. today.

Eyewitnesses told the Virgin Islands Free Press that the burglar was being pursued by police up the stairs at a building inside Harbor View Apartments about 6:45 a.m. today.

McDonald’s Golden Rock was closed for business today about 8:30 a.m. when a reporter for the Virgin Islands Free Press tried to open the door to go inside — each entrance door was locked.

But by 9:30 a.m., Slezak said the McDonald’s at Golden Rock was again open to the public and serving guests delicious Egg McMuffins, hotcakes and sausage, hash browns, coffee and orange juice — whatever the customer wanted to order for breakfast.

“Unfortunately we did have a break in last night,” Slezak told the V.I. Free Press. “Thankfully everyone is OK and no one was harmed or threatened.  Thanks to our wonderful employees and the help of our local providers we were able to make the adjustments and repairs to the store and were able to open at 9:30 a.m. and we have returned to business as usual.”

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) did not immediately return a request for comment.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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