A man is charged with being a Frito Bandito after he made off with $1,000 worth of chip racks belonging to the Frito-Lay company.
The suspect, Jerry Wayne Barks, 40, was reportedly caught on Walmart surveillance camera 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 allegedly received $93 for the racks that were valued at $1,000.