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Cops: 2008 Fairmount Burger King robbery was an inside job

After nearly five years, Sheriff’s Investigators believe they have cracked the case of a Fairmount Burger King robbery.
Geddes (WSYR-TV) – After nearly five years, Sheriff’s Investigators believe they have cracked the case of a Fairmount Burger King robbery.

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office believes four men were behind the armed robbery, including a manager and a cook.

On February 20, 2008, Sheriff’s Deputies investigated an armed robbery at the fast food restaurant, in which a gunman had escaped with more than $4,000.

During the incident, the gunman forced employees into a walk-in cooler while he supposedly forced the manager, William Grant, to empty the registers and the safe. Sheriff’s Deputies now say Grant and three other men acted in concert.

Grant and a cook, Michael Mantor, planned the robbery. Meanwhile, Brett Poli held up the eatery and Craig Loniewski acted as the driver.

All four were charged with robbery in the first degree and criminal use of a firearm in the first degree.

The four were charged on Feb. 19.

Grant, 30, is being held at the Justice Center in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or bond.

Poli, 23, is also being held at the Justice Center on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Mantor, 23, was released after posting $50,000 bond. Loniewski, 25, was released to the pre-trial release program.

All four are scheduled to appear in court on March 4.

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