Leftover food aids in arrest

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Three men have been arrested in connection with the May 2004 robbery of a Suffolk McDonald’s after their DNA was found on burgers they consumed before the crime.

Police have secured warrants for Marcellus L. Jones, 45; Thomas Nelson Cribbs IV, 23; and Dexter Carlos Webb, 22, all from Emporia, in the incident, said Lt. Debbie George, spokeswoman for the Suffolk Police Department.

Each man was charged with one count of armed robbery, five counts of abduction and six counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, George said. Jones was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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According to police, the three went into the eatery in the 1500 block of Holland Road, ordered food and dined while waiting for the business to empty.

The three men then robbed the business at gunpoint and forced the employees into a freezer, George said.

A customer called police after spotting the three men running from the store.

Webb was arrested Saturday by the Emporia Police Department.

Cribbs and Jones were already incarcerated on unrelated charges.