Three men allegedly broke into Build-A-Burger & Ice Cream in Mt. Morris, New York, and stole, among other things, a cash register, loose change and macaroni salad. Police found the trio by following a trail of pasta and charged Matthew P. Sapetko, 34, James P. Marullo, 35, and Timothy S. Walker Jr., 23 with burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny, reports NY Daily News.
Though the delicious caper made national headlines and Build-A-Burger & Ice Cream has seen booming macaroni salad sales, Amy Bailey, Walker's mother, isn’t laughing.
Bailey told WHAM her son is a heroin addict. "He's not OK," Bailey said. "He's in jail and he has a disease."
The restaurant now has a sign that reads, "The best burgers and mac salad worth stealing for,” but Bailey feels it pokes fun at her son’s addiction.
"That really tore at me," she said. "I don't understand how he is supposed to get better if we don't work together."
Jayme Young, who works at the restaurant owned by her family, said the register had less than $30 in it, but the security system and register were smashed. The restaurant was forced to close on Mother’s Day due to the damage.
"We were taken by surprise by it," Young said. She said her family was relieved the men were caught.
"We don't know these people, we didn't know who would do this," she said. "It's hard, you can't trust anyone anymore.”
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