Still from video via Howard County Police

A McDonald’s in Howard County was hit by a thirsty klutz of a burglar last week.

A surveillance video released by the Howard County Police Department yesterday appears to show a woman burglarizing a McDonald’s on Benson Drive at around 1 a.m. on Nov. 5.

Her approach is unorthodox. She begins by sticking half of her body through the drive-thru window and calmly filling herself a cup of something blue, presumably Powerade Mountain Berry Blast. It takes a few tries and some spills, but she pulls it off with a bit of patience.

She then goes for it, climbing all the way into the McDonald’s, which would have been closed by that time, according to its posted hours. After placing a lid on her beverage and being incidentally captured face-first on camera – one minute into her heist by now – she gets to work.

The edited video shows her again about 20 minutes later, now with her shirt pulled up to cover the top of her head, and carrying a box of items that police say included an unspecified amount of cash and food. Her cloak may have hindered her, as the footage shows her dropping the box and struggling with the drive-thru window.

Ten minutes later, the video shows someone else, possibly an accomplice, grabbing the box from outside the drive-thru. The video then ends; it remains a mystery how the woman left the McDonald’s.

The person of interest was seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and gray sweatpants. Anyone with information on her identity or other knowledge of the heist is asked to contact Howard County detectives by phone at 410-313-STOP or email at

Police are offering a $500 reward for information that helps them nab their thief.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...