A hungry suspect will get a chance to sample jail food after fraudulently using a stolen debit card to buy a takeout meal at a Denny’s restaurant, Fresno police said.
Detectives arrested Hector Gonzalez, 31, of Fresno, on Tuesday morning as he picked up a takeout meal that he had ordered online.
Police say the debit card was stolen from a Fresno man who had parked his vehicle in the 800 block of East Divisadero Street outside the Iron Bird Lofts late Monday night and then discovered when he went outside about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday that his vehicle had been broken into.
When he called the bank to report that his debit card had been stolen, the bank informed him that the card had recently been used to purchase food from the Denny’s restaurant at 141 N. Abby St.
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The victim called police. Detectives Chris Ramos and Nelly Rodriguez went to the restaurant and spoke with the employees to confirm that the victim’s card had been used.
They waited outside and saw Gonzalez walk in and pick up the order. They arrested him without incident and found the stolen debit card and other property belonging to the victim, whose name was not released.
Gonzalez was booked on charges of vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property and fraudulent use of the debit card.
Police said the public should always lock their vehicles and never leave property inside them.