This is one robber who was smothered, covered and diced.
A young woman disguised as a man has been nabbed and charged with an attempted daylight robbery of Waffle House on Sunday afternoon.
The teen, Queen J. McElrath of Morrison is charged with aggravated robbery and spent her 19th birthday behind bars under $25,000 bond at Warren County Jail.
Police say McElrath tried to rob the Waffle House on New Smithville Highway with a BB gun. The woman, who witnesses thought was a man due to the way she was dressed, reportedly sat down and ordered a drink.
“The suspect showed the barrel of a gun that had been concealed and ordered the waitress to get the money out of the register,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton, noting moments later it was announced police had been called. “The suspect then ran out of the building without obtaining money.”
Police were able to develop McElrath as a suspect and located her at a residence in Morrison. The lead came in the form of a receipt found in the booth where the suspect had been seated. They were able to track the receipt back to Walmart where they obtained an address. They went to her South Mill Street address with a picture they had obtained from the Waffle House security video.
“The gun, which turned out to be a BB gun, and clothing worn during the event were located,” Denton said, noting the clothing confirmed she had tried to pass herself as a man when she tried to rob the restaurant. “She had disguised herself to look like a male prior to the robbery attempt.”
Police said the woman went to the lengths of penciling in a mustache to enhance the disguise. She reportedly admitted to the crime when confronted by police.