Police arrest man accused of robbing McDonald’s in Sarasota, fleeing on bicycle

Police investigating McDonald’s robbery in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Police say they have arrested the man who robbed a McDonald’s on Fruitville Road at Beneva in Sarasota.

Wednesday around 2:30pm, police say 28-year-old Montez Lamarr Diegert of Manatee County approached the fast food restaurant and after first trying to enter through a door that leads to the play area, which is locked, walked through the main entrance.

After briefly hanging out in the lobby, police say Diegert approached an employee at a register, handing the employee a note that said, “Give me the $ or I open fire $$$!” Afterwards, police say Diegert put his hand under his shirt, using his hand in the shape of a gun to imply he had a weapon.

Police say Diegert took the cash - $162 - and fled on a bicycle. No one was injured.

The suspect in a robbery at the McDonald's at Fruitville and Beneva in Sarasota.
The suspect in a robbery at the McDonald's at Fruitville and Beneva in Sarasota. (Source: Sarasota Police)

Police released surveillance images of the suspect and say between evidence collected at the scene, including fingerprints left on a glass door, and mug shots from former arrests enabled them to identify the suspect as Diegert.

Diegert was arrested around 9:30am Friday and charged with one felony count of robbery. He’s being held on $75,000 bond.

Montez Lamarr Diegert, 28, of Manatee County is accused of robbing a McDonald's in Sarasota.
Montez Lamarr Diegert, 28, of Manatee County is accused of robbing a McDonald's in Sarasota. (Source: Sarasota Police)

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to call detectives at 941-263-682.

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