Restaurant Thieves Caught After Leaving Trail of Macaroni Salad

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That must have been some incredibly delicious macaroni salad. 

Three men who robbed a restaurant in Livingston County, New York, on Sunday were located quickly by police because they left, among other things, a trail of macaroni salad in their wake.

The trio, James Marullo, Matthew Sapetko and Timothy Walker Jr., broke into Build-A-Burger Restaurant by throwing a rock through the glass door. The thieves also removed the restaurant’s surveillance system, but did not manage to clean up their own evidence.[related]

When officers arrived to the scene on Sunday morning, they discovered “cash register parts, surveillance system parts, rubber gloves, loose change, and a steady trail of macaroni salad” leading from the restaurant to the wooded trail behind the restaurant, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

“It was later discovered that the suspects stole a large bowl of macaroni salad, which they took turns eating along their escape route.”

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By the early afternoon, all three suspects were in custody and charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and grand larceny.