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Thief With Fake Gun Raided McDonald's Demanding Nuggets But They Were Only Serving Breakfast

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Thief With Fake Gun Raided McDonald's Demanding Nuggets But They Were Only Serving Breakfast

A man has been jailed after raiding a McDonald's with a fake gun, demanding to be given some nuggets. Watch CCTV footage of the crime below:

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Rudi Batten, from Gloucestershire, had already robbed another takeaway the night before, making off with money and some fried chicken, when he tried his luck at a local Maccies on 8 February.

The 22-year-old went to a branch of the fast-food chain in Yate, brandishing a fake gun and taking £50 ($69) from the till before demanding the store manager lead him to the safe.

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He then asked for some nuggets, but had to settle for a double sausage McMuffin because the restaurant was only serving the breakfast menu.

A red tin containing £250 ($348) in notes, two float bags containing £100 ($139) each and a bag of coins were taken during the theft.

Rudi Batten was sentenced to six years in prison. Credit: SWNS
Rudi Batten was sentenced to six years in prison. Credit: SWNS

The incident caused nearby Ridge Junior School to go into lockdown after terrified parents called the school with reports of a gunman on the loose.

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As a result of the raids, the hapless criminal was sentenced to six years in prison.

Sentencing him during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court, Judge William Hart said: "The staff were clearly terrified as anyone would be.

"It's the last thing people would expect in a quiet takeaway in that part of the country.

"A chilling aspect of that robbery is the way the gun was held.

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"It's clear the impact this sort of offending has. There was considerable alarm in the community."

CCTV footage shows Rudi Batten during the robbery. Credit: SWNS
CCTV footage shows Rudi Batten during the robbery. Credit: SWNS

The night before the 7am McDonald's raid, Batten visited Miss Millie's takeaway, also in Yate.

During a hearing, the court was shown CCTV footage of Batten, seen wearing an Adidas top and bottoms and holding a black gun and a knife, as he entered the establishment at around 6.20pm on 7 February.

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According to reports, he is understood to have made off with around £200 ($278) from the till and some chicken.

The following morning he entered McDonald's, again holding the imitation pistol.

During the raid, Batten is reported to have said: "I'm being forced into doing this. I don't want to do this."

Later that afternoon Batten handed himself into the police.

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Officers later searched his accommodation and found the clothes he had been seen wearing in the CCTV footage and the imitation firearm - a .177 air pistol - he had been holding.

The 22-year-old brandished a fake gun when he held up a local McDonald's. Credit: SWNS
The 22-year-old brandished a fake gun when he held up a local McDonald's. Credit: SWNS

He later pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, two counts of having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and one count of possessing a knife or blade in a public place.

Defending, Emma Martin, said Batten had committed the robberies in a bid to pay off debts he owed, fearing for his family's safety.

She said: "He is utterly ashamed and embarrassed.

"He is horrified he behaved in this way. He is deeply deeply sorry he committed these offences.

"The lack of sophistication, the lack of any disguise are indicative of the desperation with which these offences were committed.

"He had got himself involved in drink and drugs and with that comes the problem of paying for it.

"He had no way of paying it back. He was really quite terrified about what would happen."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Police, Food, Restaurant, Bristol, maccies, Prison, McDonald's, court

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