DECATUR — A Decatur man is facing a preliminary charge of burglary after police said he stepped into a car in the drive-through lane of a restaurant and later helped himself to loose change in the center console.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said the incident happened about 9:15 p.m. on March 22 outside the Dairy Queen restaurant at 230 West 1st Drive. The affidavit said police found and arrested the 51-year-old man Monday evening after he had earlier been identified by the 16-year-old driver; all preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Officer Stephanie Vail, writing in the affidavit, said the driver told police he had first been approached by the man begging for money while he was in the restaurant. The driver then left and drove into the drive-through lane to buy more food and was again approached by the man, who this time said he needed a jump start for a vehicle in the parking lot.

“(The driver) stated he told the man he would follow him to his vehicle once he received his order,” said Vail. “He stated the man, without permission, then entered his vehicle and sat in the passenger seat.”

The man proved to be lying about a car in the parking lot and instead told the driver to head north on U.S. 51 to Cleveland Avenue. The man then helped himself to $10 in change from the console and said “I’m going to need the money,” said Vail. The man later gave some of the coins back in exchange for more cash, and was given a $10 bill.

“The victim stated that the man told him ‘You’re lucky I’m not one of those (people) that would stab you or jab you,’” said Vail. “The victim stated that the man then directed him to drive to another part of town where he exited the vehicle. The victim stated that he feared he would be battered if he did not comply with the demands of the man. He stated that the man was ‘crazy.’”

Vail said a check of records showed the man is on parole for aggravated robbery and has “an extensive criminal history.” He remained held in the Macon County Jail on Tuesday night in lieu of posting $75,000 bond.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

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