A man who snatched Frito-Lay racks from behind Walmart will be doing some free work to make up for his thefts.
The defendant, Jerry Wayne Barks, 40, entered a guilty plea to the charge of misdemeanor theft and was granted an 11-month, 29-day judicial diversion. That means he can have his criminal record erased after his year on probation if he gets in no more trouble. In addition to his probation, he must perform 64 hours public service work and will be required to make restitution to either Frito-Lay or Walmart.
Barks was dubbed the Frito Bandito after he was caught on Walmart surveillance video stealing two six-foot tall stainless steel chip racks from the loading dock behind the store.
McMinnville Police detective Todd Rowland, who viewed the tape, said he could see the crime unfold before his eyes.
“I saw the subject exit his vehicle and take two racks and place them in the rear of his truck,” Rowland said. “The racks belong to the Frito-Lay company and are valued at $500 apiece.”
Following the theft discovery, an employee of Frito-Lay went to Southern Central Iron and Metal on Manchester Highway and found the two racks. Detective Rowland followed suit and had the scrap metal company give him the sales invoice for the racks. Along with the invoice was a copy of Barks’ photo ID.
It was also learned Barks was driving a Chevrolet S-10 when he sold the racks, the same vehicle seen in the video of the theft. Barks received $93 for the racks that were valued at $1,000.