Police ordered a McDonald’s employee out of his vehicle at gunpoint after he was accused of taking money from the Groveland restaurant and fleeing officers who were trying to arrest him.
Rajiv Dale Ceasar, 26, was charged with grand theft, fraud and resisting arrest. He remained in the Lake County Jail Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $6,500 bail.
According to an arrest affidavit, Groveland police responded to the West Broad Street restaurant just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. A district manager had accused Ceasar of not ringing up food sales and pocketing the customers’ money, then submitting false receipts to his supervisors at the end of his shift.
The manager said she had the thefts, totaling more than $900, on surveillance video.
Ceasar promised to pay the money back, but store officials called the police and the suspect allegedly started walking away when officers arrived.
The affidavit adds that Ceasar was ordered to stop but got into his vehicle and drove off. Police gave a brief pursuit that ended back in the McDonald’s parking lot, where officers ordered Ceasar out the vehicle at gunpoint and arrested him.