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DECATUR — Police report that a fired restaurant worker who stole from his former employers was soon apprehended thanks to electronic surveillance and tracking technology.

A sworn statement said the 31-year-old male worker, dismissed two weeks ago from D-Boes Chicken & Waffles for “lack of performance,” entered the business early Thursday using a key he had retained. He stole nearly $700 in cash along with an $800 Apple iPad, Amazon Fire tablet and eight cans of Pepsi.

Writing in the affidavit, Decatur police Officer Adam Siefman said the business owners received a phone alert at 12:21 a.m. Thursday warning the restaurant’s alarm had been disabled.

The owners reviewed video surveillance footage and said they could easily recognize the fired worker “by the way he looked and the way he walked.” The owners then turned on a tracking application which eventually led police to find the iPad and Amazon tablet dumped in a garbage can two doors away from the home of the ex-employee on East William Street.

Siefman said police confronted the man within a few hours of the burglary and he denied any involvement. “While at (the man’s home) I observed an open blue Pepsi 12-ounce can on a table in the living room,” the drink matching those that had been stolen, Siefman said. “(The man) was also wearing dark grey thin pants that matched the ones seen in the video during the burglary.”

The man was under arrest by 3:50 a.m. and booked on a preliminary charge of burglary. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. Macon County Jail records show he remained in custody Thursday night in lieu of posting bond set at $10,000. Prosecutors had asked for $30,000.

If the man makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from D-Boes Chicken & Waffles.

A spokesman for the restaurant could not be reached for comment Thursday.


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