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It pays for criminals to take time to “scope out” the target before striking, and the failure to do that was a near-fatal error made when two men attempted to rob a McDonald’s where no less than 11 off-duty members of an anti-terror force were having lunch.

The “hamburglars” had chosen the wrong McDonald’s.

The elite group of highly-trained professionals remained calm when the two ran into the fast food restaurant in Besancon, in eastern France, firing a shotgun, threatening customers, and demanding that the staff empty the cash register.

The special forces chose their moment, and refrained from taking action that might put the lives of the customers at risk.

“During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything,” said local prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot. “Gendarmes” is the French word for “armed police.”

“It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”

But after grabbing the approximate equivalent of $2,300, one of the robbers tripped as he ran from the McDonald’s, and the officers took immediate action, and restrained him, as his partner attempted to flee.

The special forces officers ordered the other robber to halt and drop his gun, and took aim when he refused.

Authorities said that the injured robber was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to recover to face charges, with his partner, of armed robbery and violence.

Source: Fox




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