APD: Former employee robbed restaurant four times

Pablo Salgado-Cervantez
Pablo Salgado-Cervantez appeared in court, Thursday. He's charged with armed robbery.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Police say they’ve busted a man who held up two local McDonald’s four times in just three months. Yet, this thief picked the wrong restaurant. Employees helped police identify him because he used to work there. Police say the man made some major mistakes during the rash of robberies.

Four robberies with the same M.O. A man walks into the McDonald’s, pulls out a gun and asks for cash. He’s wearing a hood and a bandana over his face. Yet, it’s what he did during those robberies that got him caught.

“You can’t be smart and be a criminal,” says McDonald’s customer Jim Nicholson.

Just a little more than a week later, police say the same man held up the same restaurant, forcing her to give him all the cash. He knew employees kept larger bills in a separate box. Police say the man robbed another McDonald’s that same day. But, the fourth time would be his last.

Police say the same man robbed the Menaul McDonald’s again this week. That bandana he was using to cover his face slid down, revealing a hearing aid and a tattoo. An employee immediately recognized the thief. She told police it was a man who used to work there. The employee says, during the robbery the man became aggressive, pushed her and hit her with the butt of his gun. The woman believes it was because she had fired him.

Pablo Salgado-Cervantez appeared in court, Thursday. He’s charged with armed robbery.

“I’ve read over the criminal complaint, there are multiple incidences in this criminal complaint, of a very serious nature, all involving a gun, as well. So, I’m concerned about Mr. Salgado-Cervantez being a danger to  the community,” said Judge Michelle Castillo Dowler.

Police say the employees are recognized Salgado-Cervantez’s voice. They were able to identify his getaway car through a witness and police tracked it to the home where he lived.

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