Trail of Junk Food, Nacho Stains Lead Iowa Police Directly to Gas Station Thief

The underage thief was carrying two cases of beer as he attempted to escape

He just couldn’t wait until he got home to enjoy his spoils. 

A man who robbed the Creekside Market in Iowa City, Iowa, was quickly identified by the trail of junk food he left behind, not unlike those burglars who couldn’t wait until they left the crime scene to eat a bowl of macaroni salad.

Police tracked down 20-year-old Francisco Jacob Munoz only 100 yards (that’s 300 feet) from the store, carrying two cases of Corona beer.

Munoz’s shirt was apparently covered in nacho cheese, a police complaint said.

The young man was noted as having impaired balance, bloodshot and watery eyes, and smelling of alcohol. A breathalyzer revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.27 percent.


Police estimated that Munoz caused more than $1,000 in damage to the store, including the use of a brick to shatter the glass entry door. Munoz was arrested and faces charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, and public intoxication, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen