Thief Nabbed

Austin police arrest teenage thief after Juan in a Million, Mr. Natural robberies

Austin police arrest teenage thief after Juan in a Million robbery

KVUE — Police have arrested a teenager accused of breaking into Juan in a Million, Rio's Brazilian Cafe, Mr. Natural and Mr. Mac's in East Austin.

Police said officers received a call on November 4 that $192 in cash, five bank money bags and a money lock box had been stolen from the popular East Austin taco joint.

Two days later, officers responded to nearby burglaries at Mr. Natural and Mr. Mac's grocery. Police said Robert Walters confessed to that burglary. Walters' relatives later came forward as an officer was investigating a robbery at Rio's Brazilian Cafe, saying they had found items in their house and trash cans outside, including six money bags and a payroll check from Juan in a Million. Police found other items linked to the burglary at Rio's Brazilian Cafe.

According to an arrest affidavit, Juan in a Million owner Juan Meza provided police with surveillance video that police said shows Walters entering the restaurant, prying the door open, going to the cash register and then taking the lock box and money bags.

Walters later admitted to the burglary at Juan in a Million and Rio's Brazilian Cafe. Walters is in the Travis County Jail charged with four counts of burglary of a building with a total bond of $80,000.

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Juan in a Million was one of the restaurants burglarized.  Courtesy photo Courtesy of The Tasting Buds