Burger King Employee Foils Robbery By Hiding Getaway Car

A Burger King employee in Northern California is the latest inductee into the Heroic Worker Hall of Fame, after slipping out the back of the store during an armed robbery and hiding the suspects' getaway car. According to police, two young men, identified as Jeremy Lovitt, 23, and Gabriel Gonzales, 19, held up the Stockton fast food joint at gunpoint Thursday evening. One demanded that an employee empty the register, while the other ordered the manager to open the safe, reports Sacramento TV station KXTV.

As this was going on, a third employee sneaked out to get help, spotted a car with the engine running and, guessing that it was the robbers' car, hopped in and drove it around the corner. The police quickly caught up with Lovitt and Gonzales as they tried to flee on foot.

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Earlier this month, another fast food worker became a crime-buster when she saw the car stolen from her roll into the drive-thru at the McDonald's where she worked. She called police who arrested the driver as she was pulling out. And in April, a clerk at a Michigan convenience store sent two masked men running when he confronted them with an assault weapon.

But sometimes crime-fighting-on-the-job doesn't win you a hug and a bonus from the boss. Two years ago, a Walgreens pharmacist in Michigan was fired after discharging a handgun during an armed robbery, sending the gunmen running. The employee said that he didn't realize that carrying a concealed firearm -- even though he was doing it legally -- violated Walgreen's policy, and a federal judge sided with the drug retail chain.

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Ok, so what ACTUALLY happened was the Burger King worker was scared for his life, ran out the backdoor, and happened across a car that was already running. He then drove away and hid, and now is called a hero.

Let's keep it real.

May 29 2013 at 1:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Boy, It must have been tough fooling these 2 guys....They look soooo smart !!!!!!

May 29 2013 at 12:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

How awesome WAS that?!!!

May 29 2013 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What a great idea! Maybe the idea will spread in similar situations.

May 29 2013 at 12:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Someday, he's gonna be a junior assistant assistant night manager and make $9.00 an hour!

May 29 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am surprissed Burger King did not fire the employee for hideing the get away car, Some company's have stupid rules about how emplyoees handle themselvs dureing a robbery.

May 29 2013 at 12:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to WESLEY's comment

Does VT know you are associating its logo with your spelling? Just asking.

May 29 2013 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Clarity's comment

Only five spelling mistakes in thirty words. Look at the glass-full side of this.... he got 83% of the words right.

May 29 2013 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

That is what I call a smart employee, used their head, and stayed calm....Good Job!!!!!

May 29 2013 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Marie's comment

Wonder if they parked it in a tow away zone to boot?

June 04 2013 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Beautiful move by the employee. I was thinking, I just hope there is no law that would have to have him arrested for "stealing" a car, naturally he could not be charged with breaking and entering because the door had to be open, the keys in the ignition or the car running. There are some laws out there where no matter what, the hero becomes the villian. I am sure he could plead no contest and hopefully there is a judge with a good common sense. This is one for the books.

May 29 2013 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope they enjoy their super-sized jail terms with a side of flame-broiled buns free of charge.

May 29 2013 at 11:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

OMG, an assault rifle(not a real term-something made up to sound scarry) was used to prevent crime. The anti gun nuts must be scambling to get this out of the news.

May 29 2013 at 11:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gasshauler's comment

No worries. The amount of crime prevented by a gun toting hero is extremely low . The amount of times a gun toting hero hopeful imagines he's going to prevent crime on the other hand is as abundent as a good ol' western staring John Wayne.

May 29 2013 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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