Former Burger King worker convicted of armed robbery

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A man accused of an armed robbery of Burger King where he worked was convicted Thursday.

William Tommy Hobbs, 20, was convicted of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the July 29, 2010 robbery of a Burger King.

At about 5 a.m. on that July day, Hobbs came out from a row of bushes on the side of the Burger King at the intersection of Ogeechee Road and Chatham Parkway with a gun, according to the Chatham County District Attorney's Office.

Hobbs ordered two of his fellow employees to open the restaurant. Employees recognized his voice even though he was wearing a mask.

Hobbs hit one of the employees in the head with the gun and forced him inside a freezer. He then forced the assistant manager into the office and told her to open the safe.

When she was unable to open the safe, Hobbs screamed at her by name and behaved in a manner previously regarded by the manager as his typical response when angry.

Hobbs left with about $250 from the cash registers into a mesh backpack and forced the assistant manager into the freezer. Clothing matching the description of the perpetrator along with the mesh backpack was found at his apartment.

Hobbs was indicted on March 9.

He was sentenced to 18 years with 13 years to serve, and the balance on probation.

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