Pawcatuck man charged in after-hours disturbance at McDonald’s

Pawcatuck man charged in after-hours disturbance at McDonald’s

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STONINGTON — A Pawcatuck man is facing charges after police said he caused a disturbance at the McDonald’s on Saturday, demanding money from his mother after the business had closed before setting off the restaurant’s fire alarm in frustration.

Dillon Michael Dooley, 19, of 13 Marie Ave., was charged early Saturday morning with first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace. He was later released on a promise to appear in New London Superior Court later this month.

According to a police report, officers were called to the Liberty Street restaurant while it was closed, shortly after 1 a.m., when a McDonald’s employee called 911. A police report indicated that dispatchers could hear the caller arguing with a man, later identified as Dooley, and telling him “I’m not giving you the money.”

The caller, later identified as his mother, told officers that her son was intoxicated and acting unruly. Police said he also pulled the fire alarm in view of witnesses on his way out of the business, forcing officials to reset the system.

Dooley was taken into custody in the parking lot without further incident, police said.

For Dooley, the charges are the third in as many months. He and two others were charged in January after police said they were found burglarizing cars in a Pawcatuck neighborhood and were also caught attempting to gain access to a private shed on Cronin Avenue.

Dooley, who was found hiding in one of the burglarized cars, has entered a not guilty plea to charges of third-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance in that case.

In addition, Dooley is also facing charges of evading responsibility in a crash, failure to drive to the right, possession of alcohol by a minor and driving when license or registration is suspended or denied related to a Feb. 19 arrest in Stonington. The case remains active, Connecticut judicial records show, but additional details of that case were not available.


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