AUSTIN, TX – Police have charged a teenager and a man accused of burglarizing three food trailers at the Barton Springs Picnic food court in June.
According to an arrest affidavit, in the early morning hours of June 14, 17-year-old Yale Gerstein cut open padlocks at the Ms. P’s Electric Cock Fried Chicken, The Seedling Truck and Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What? food trailers with bolt cutters.
The affidavit says $1,000 was stolen from the Ms. P’s truck, but the other businesses reported nothing was taken.
Surveillance camera images captured two different people the night of the burglary, according to police. On July 3, police arrested Gerstein for theft in the Zilker Park area, and 24-year-old Lonnie Whitaker was also detained.
Gerstein told police that Whitaker burglarized a smoke shop and two food trailers on Barton Springs Road. Gerstein also told police he didn’t participate in the crime, but watched from across the street. Later, Whitaker told police that Gerstein and a third person were involved. He identified himself and Gerstein in the surveillance photos.
Whitaker and Gerstein are charged with burglary of a building.
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