YAKIMA A Sunnyside man was slated to make his preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday after his arrest for a Yakima burglary.
Fernando Ray Lara, 39, was arrested after 1 a.m. Saturday in connection with a burglary at Dickie’s Barbecue Pit at 2706 W. Nob Hill Blvd.
When he was detained, he told police he went into the building because he was hungry, court records show.
It could be a troublesome case for the court this time of year, a time when we speak of giving, a time of brotherly love. Authorities may be able to prove only that he was hungry.
Officer P. Equihua was dispatched to the restaurant for a burglary in progress, court records show. Upon arrival, officers could see the subject inside the business, which was closed for the night.
“The subject exited the business, and he was detained,” Equihua wrote in charging documents..
Equihua said Lara said he was not an employee and that he went in through the door because he was hungry.
Equihua’s narrative notes officers found evidence that supported Lara’s story.
“Officers entered the business and saw remnants of a cookie near an open bag of potato chips,” the narrative said. “There was an open bag of hamburger buns with one bun missing, A half-eaten bun was nearby on the counter.”
Equihua said Lara told officers he was able to pull the door open without tools. The door was checked, Equihua said, and the door’s lock could be defeated by a hard pull. There was no damage to the door, Equihua said.
Equihua wrote that the owner of the business estimated the loss of food at $5. Nothing else was taken, Equihua reported.
There was an independent witness, Equihua noted. Britney K. Stansell, who was parked nearby, saw Lara try the door to Wendy’s, then walk across the street to Dickie’s.
Stansell said he saw Lara hit the window of the front door, pull the door open and walk in. She said he turned on the lights after walking in.
Equihua said Lara was taken to Yakima County Jail. He said a criminal history check showed Lara had no felony convictions.
The Daily Sun did not learn of the disposition of the preliminary appearance, but a late check yesterday found he wasn’t housed in Yakima County Jail.