Alleged Iowa City Pancheros thief arrested in connection with McDonald's theft 24-year-old facing four felony charges

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City woman accused of stealing more than $3,500 from Pancheros has been arrested in connection with another restaurant theft.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, around 2:29 a.m. on Aug. 2, Lonnisha I. Anderson, 24, entered the McDonald’s restaurant at 1861 Lower Muscatine Road. Police said Anderson was employed as a store manager at the time and was able to get in using her key.

Once inside, Anderson deactivated the alarm system and gained access to the store safe. Police said Anderson stole more than $1,000, but less than $10,000 from the store. During an interview with investigators, Anderson admitted to entering the business and stealing the cash in order to pay for clothes and household items, police said.

Anderson faces charges of second-degree theft and third-degree burglary, both felonies, for the McDonald’s theft.

The latest accusations are similar to a theft Anderson is accused of committing in January. Iowa City police said earlier this week that Anderson used a code to enter Pancheros, 32 S. Clinton St. — where she was employed — around 5:42 a.m. on Jan. 16. Police said Anderson stole more than $3,500 cash from the restaurant.

In that incident, Anderson faces charges of second-degree theft and third-degree burglary. If convicted of all four crimes, Anderson would face up to 20 years in prison.

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