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Guilty plea expected in robberies of three fast-food restaurants

A man suspected of holding up three fast-food restaurants is expected to plead guilty to robbery charges today, a deputy district attorney said.

Alec Thomas Giese, 19, of the 200 block of Jared Court in Phoenix, is scheduled to accept responsibility for robbing a Medford Burger King, a White City Taco Bell and a Phoenix Jack In the Box, according to Deputy District Attorney Tim Barnack.

"Giese gave a full confession," Barnack said.

Giese is set to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. today. It is possible he could be sentenced for the crimes today as well, Barnack said.

All three robberies occurred in November.

In the Burger King heist on Nov. 20, Giese presented a demand note to an employee and then placed a fake gun on the counter, police said.

"He fled with more than $600 in cash, which was recovered," Barnack said. "A witness provided police with his license plate number. Officers were then able to track him down."

Investigators linked Giese to the robbery of the Phoenix Jack in the Box, which was reported at about 8 p.m. Nov. 10. He demanded cash and kept his hand in his pocket in a way that suggested he had a gun, police said. The robber fled with $677, disappearing into a neighborhood of homes and apartment complexes along Cheryl Street.

Giese also was charged in the Nov. 13 attempted robbery of a Taco Bell in White City. There, a robber demanded money from an employee just before 10 p.m., but the clerk couldn't open the till and the robber fled, police said.

Giese faces charges of second-degree robbery in all three cases because no real weapon was used. However, the gun was realistic enough to frighten employees, police said.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

Guilty plea expected in robberies of three fast-food restaurants