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Taco Bell burglars bagged
Former employee, two juveniles charged with stealing $490
Justin Lee Stoddard

Three suspects who attempted to run for the border have been charged with burglarizing a local business and stealing hundreds of dollars.

Charges have been leveled against Warren County resident Justin Lee Stoddard, 26, and two juveniles for theft of property, burglary and vandalism of Taco Bell during the early morning hours May 7. 

Stoddard is a former employee of the establishment and tried using his old key to break into the business, but the locks had been changed. When that failed, they busted out a window to gain access inside. Surveillance video reportedly shows the three suspects entering Taco Bell where $490 was stolen.

Stoddard was booked at Warren County Jail on Wednesday.

McMinnville Police detective Eddie Colwell identified Stoddard and the juveniles as his suspects early in the investigation.

“The investigation went smoothly and the teamwork used to catch the suspects paid off,” said Colwell.

The Coffee Cat, Sherwin-Williams and a building on the Civic Center property were also broken into and had items stolen that same night, with over $750 worth of tools being taken from the Civic Center building.

Police say the timeline for the burglaries was between 3 and 6 a.m. It is unknown whether the three suspects were involved in the burglaries at the other locations. 

Anyone with information can contact detective Colwell with McMinnville Police Department at 473-3808.