Thieving axeman jailed for stealing from McDonald's

37-years-old Michael Lynch stole around £800 from the McDonald's branch Credit: BPM Media

An axeman who hid his identity and held up a McDonald’s drive-through has been jailed.

37-years-old Michael Lynch stole around £800 from the McDonald's branch at the Fort shopping centre, near Erdington on the morning of March 8.

Lynch was high on drink and drugs when he caused a scene with a worker. Staff and onlookers called the police as soon as the commotion begun.

CCTV footage was captured showing Lynch trying to steal a till through the drive-through's window an hour before.

The crook, who was jailed for five-and-a-half years, had been freed from an sentence imposed over a violent robbery in 2005 just 12 months earlier.

Michael Lynch pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon over the McDonald’s raid.

The court heard he wore a face mask as he fought with the 20-year-old restaurant worker, who only received minor injuries.

Harinderpal Dhami, prosecuting, said the robber had 18 previous convictions made up of 56 offences. They included non-dwelling burglaries and a wounding in which Lynch stabbed a security guard during a failed raid.

In 2005, he stole £13,000 from a BP Express Shop after threatening staff with a crowbar, forcing them to open the safe.