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Drive-up window crawler foiled in robbery
Fri Aug 18, 5:06 PM ET
WATERLOO, Iowa - A man's robbery attempt was thwarted by employees of a fast food restaurant after he climbed through the drive-up window demanding money, police said.
Jacob Mason Choi Koelling, 24, of Waterloo, was arrested early Thursday morning after he was restrained by employees at a Hardee's restaurant, police said.
The dining area of the restaurant was closed, so Koelling placed his order for a bacon, egg and cheese combo at the drive-up window, police said.
They said he told employees he couldn't open his door to pay, so he parked his car and walked to the drive-up window. He then crawled through the window and demanded money, said Thane Soderstrom, 19, a restaurant employee.
Koelling was armed with a long cardboard tube covered in black tape, police said.
Another employee wrestled with Koelling while Soderstrom called for help, police said.
Koelling was charged with first-degree robbery and burglary.