Burglar Breaks into Green Lake Taco Shop for Tortilla Chips

November 11, 2016|Posted in: Community News, Crime Recap, Green Lake, Green Lake News, Public Safety, SPD

On Saturday, November 5th, Tacos Guaymas was burgled for the fourth time in four months, but a high-quality home surveillance video helped to nab the culprit, when he fled the scene after being caught with chips and guacamole.

The burglary was discovered by the restaurant’s manager, Tania Selland, who arrived at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning to find a stranger inside. According to a KIRO 7 report, the suspect had managed to open a locked middle door to gain entry, but he didn’t steal money.

“I guess he got hungry and we were the only restaurant around here that he was able to get in so..,” Selland said. “The only thing they were able to find was a dirty glass with milk and whipped cream. The guy poured himself some chips and guacamole and left.”

He fled after Selland interrupted his meal, but the suspect didn’t get far because an SPD officer recognized him from some high-quality home surveillance footage of a man trying to break into a home nearby that very morning. “I saw the video and recognized this suspect as the same guy that we just arrested for this burglary, so we were able to close out two cases pretty quick,” said Seattle police Det. Patrick Michaud.

After being arrested, the 28-year-old suspect allegedly confessed to the break-in at Tacos Guaymas. “I remember being in there, looking at some chips, and thinking I’d eat some,” he reportedly told cops.

Police found a stolen truck parked behind the restaurant, packed with beer and lawn furniture. The vehicle also contained the suspect’s cell phone.

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