It’s the Hamburglar! Bungling ‘armed’ robber who burst into McDonald’s and demanded cash… was forced to buy a cheeseburger so staff could open till

  • Daniel Parra-Braun, 37, raided the fast-food restaurant in Coventry for £136 
  • He placed a note on the counter which read: ‘I am armed. Give till cash now’ 
  • But he was stunned when told the tills wouldn’t open until he bought something
  • Parra-Braun ordered a cheeseburger, at a cost of 99p, and handed over a £5 note
  • The thief was jailed for five years after he admitted two charges of robbery 

By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline

Published: 13:53 EDT, 9 October 2019 | Updated: 03:58 EDT, 10 October 2019

Daniel Parra-Braun, 37, burst into the fast-food restaurant in Coventry and placed a note on the counter which read: ‘I am armed. Give till cash now’

A bungling robber who burst into a McDonald’s and demanded cash was was forced to buy a cheeseburger first so staff could open the till.

Daniel Parra-Braun, 37, burst into the fast-food restaurant in Coventry and placed a note on the counter which read: ‘I am armed. Give till cash now.’

But he was left stunned when he was told the tills would not open unless he bought something off the menu.

Incredibly, Parra-Braun ordered a 99p cheeseburger and even handed over a £5 note before making off with £136 in cash.

The bizarre robbery was one of four Parra-Braun carried out in the city in just 12 hours before being caught on June 16 last year.

On Tuesday Parra-Braun, of Coventry, was jailed for five years after he admitted two charges of robbery and two attempted robberies at Warwick Crown Court.

Judge Peter Cooke told him: ‘I accept that this bizarre few hours in your life was the product of something of a psychiatric collapse you had suffered.

‘Your behaviour has that peculiar flavour to it and was not just about obtaining money.

But he was left stunned when he was told the tills would not open unless he bought something off the menu. Incredibly, Parra-Braun ordered a 99p cheeseburger and even handed over a £5 note before making off with £136 in cash (pictured: The Hamburglar) 

‘There is no suggestion you produced or had a weapon, but the people on the other end of the threats were not to know that.’

The court heard Parra-Braun struck at the McDonald’s on the Gallagher Retail Park in Coventry at 8pm on June 16.

He marched up to the counter and handed a staff member a note which read: ‘I am armed. Give till cash now.’

He then told the terrified server: ‘Give me the money from the till. You’re going to have to, I’m armed.’

The man behind the counter said he could not open the till until a purchase was made so Parra-Braun ordered a cheeseburger and gave him £5.

The assistant still did not hand over any money, but the manager gave him £136 from the till, and Parra-Braun fled.

Earlier in the day, Parra-Braun also held up another McDonald’s as well as a bookmakers and a hotel in the city.

Parra-Braun ordered a 99p cheeseburger and even handed over a £5 note before making off with £136 in cash

Prosecutor Simon Burch said Parra-Braun entered a William Hill bookmakers at 4.30pm.

He said: ‘He put down a note which read: ‘I am armed. The money from the till please.’

‘Addressing a member of staff by her first name, with his hand in his pocket to feign to have a weapon, he told her: ‘I don’t want to whack it out, I just want the money.”

He left with £170 in cash but the staff recognised Parra-Braun as a regular who lived in a flat over the road.

Parra-Braun then held up the McDonald’s before heading to the Premier Inn in the city centre where he again handed over a note to the receptionist which read: ‘Till’.

The court heard Parra-Braun struck at the McDonald’s on the Gallagher Retail Park in Coventry at 8pm on June 16

But he was forced to flee empty-handed after being informed the hotel had already taken the cash to the bank.

Twenty minutes later he targeted a city centre McDonalds where he handed a staff member a note with: ‘armed’ and ‘money’ written on it.

No cash was handed over and the manager called the police and Parra-Braun was arrested nearby. The court heard that no weapon was found.

The court heard Parra-Braun had 11 convictions for offences including theft.

Ian Windridge, defending, said: ‘He has mental health conditions, but they did not contribute to the offending, nor did they require hospital treatment.

‘He goes back to Coventry. He doesn’t really know what he’s doing. He makes comments and writes notes. He wasn’t in need of money. It was a cry for help, but not a substantial one.’

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