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Police arrest three young men in recent McDonald’s robbery

UPDATE 1:10 pm: Alexander Lovin has been charged with robbery.

According to the probable cause statement, Swope was able to get $310 from the cash register.

Lovin admitted to police he picked up Rother and Swope and picked Swope back up after he stole the money.

Lovin said they used the money from the robbery to purchase alcohol for a party they had later that evening.

ORIGINAL STORY: Columbia police say they’ve arrested three young men for a recent robbery at a north Columbia fast food restaurant.

It happened on November 11th at the McDonald’s on Smiley lane.

Police say surveillance video helped them identify 18-year-old Javion Swope, 18-year-old Alexander Lovin and 17-year-old Jaden Rother as the men involved.

Officers say Swope reached into the drive-through window while an employee was working on another transaction. He apparently took money and ran.

Police say surveillance video shows Lovin was the driver of the vehicle involved and say Rother also benefited from the stolen money.

Officers originally called in a K9 unit to try to track down the suspects, but were unable to. Officers arrested the suspects on Monday.

All three men are now facing possible charges for robbery in the second degree.

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