(Gilberto Escamilla - Cameron County DA)
A Texas man has been charged with felony theft after investigators connected him to a strange heist to steal more than $1.2 million worth of fajitas over the last nine years, according to the Brownsville Herald.
Gilberto Escamilla, a former Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department employee, took off work one day for a medical appointment. That same day, a delivery driver called the kitchen about having 800 pounds of fajitas to drop off.
A woman told the driver that the department didn't serve fajitas, but the driver told her that he'd been delivering the food for nine years.
"When Mr. Escamilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years.”
Escamilla was fired that month and arrested after investigators discovered his plot and found packages of fajitas in his refrigerator.
According to the police report, Escamilla was determined to have stolen $1,251,578 worth of the food. He was arrested last week on a felony theft charge.
Escamilla would deliver the fajitas to his own customers on the days they were delivered. Authorities have been able to uncover two of his fajita buyers, and they are cooperating with the investigation.
“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing."