Woman Lunges Over Burger King Counter to Steal Cash as Customers Watch

A woman was recently caught on camera jumping over the counter at a Burger King fast-food restaurant in an attempt to steal cash, as several customers watched.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department (NYPD) told Newsweek that the incident happened on Tuesday at about 3 p.m. local time in the Bronx.

After ordering food, the unidentified woman jumped "over the counter and grabbed approximately $250 in cash," the NYPD spokesperson said.

The incident comes as the NYPD has reported a 30 percent rise in robberies and burglaries over the past month compared to the same period in 2021, crime data shows.

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A woman was caught on camera jumping over the counter at a Burger King fast-food restaurant on September 13, 2022, in New York City in an attempt to steal cash, as several customers watched. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

In the video, which was obtained by Newsweek, the woman can be seen placing an order at the counter. She then appears to take cash out of her bag to pay, but shortly after the employee opens the register, the woman is seen lunging over the counter.

As the video continued, the employee is seen attempting to stop the woman by holding her hands back. Moments later, a second employee rushes over and grabs the woman from behind as the altercation continues.

A third employee is seen rushing over and the three pull the woman off the counter and carry her toward the kitchen. The video then cuts to another clip where the woman can be seen climbing back over the counter and walking out of the store.

According to the NYPD spokesperson, after a "physical struggle between the female and the employees ensued," the employees were able to retrieve the cash the woman had taken.

"The female then fled the location to parts unknown. One of the employees, a 23-year-old male, sustained a laceration to his head during the struggle, but he refused medical attention at the scene," the NYPD spokesperson said.

According to the NYPD, the unidentified woman is described as in her 20s and about 5-foot-7. She has a dark complexion and was last seen "wearing black sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers."

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), the NYPD said.