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Man arrested for El Taco burglary

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A man accused of breaking into El Taco Express and taking money from the restaurant's cash register has been arrested, according to Capt. Robin Young of the Marion Police Department.

The restaurant at 1046 N. Baldwin Ave. reported a burglary on Saturday. Restaurant staff told police about $200 was taken from a cash register overnight.

“That was the money we leave to get change to start the new day,” said the restaurant's owner Luis Treto.

Police identified a suspect through the restaurant's surveillance footage and an officer spotted a man he recognized as the suspect, William Garrett, 47, in the 900 block of South Branson Street Monday afternoon.

Garrett admitted to police Monday that he entered El Taco Express through a back door, which he claimed was unlocked, and used a hammer to break into the cash register.

Treto said his restaurant won't be leaving money in the cash register overnight after Saturday's incident.

“We're not leaving anything anymore out in the open,” he said.

Young said Garrett gave a Marion address but also said he had just arrived in town and was living out of a motel. Garrett's jail records list his address as “homeless, Marion.”

Garrett is charged with burglary, a Level 5 felony. He is being held in the Grant County Jail on a $1,005 bond.