Stealing a million dollars worth of any food seems like a difficult task in itself.
Yet somehow, an employee by the name of Gilberto Escamilla, who works for the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in Texas, was alleged to have stolen $1.2 million of fajitas over a nine year period, as reported by the Brownsville Herald.
“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz told the newspaper.
The alleged plot was only uncovered when Escamilla took a day off for a doctor’s appointment on Aug. 7. Someone didn’t hit pause on their operation, because a Labatt Food Service truck turned up to the department’s kitchen. The driver informed another employee of an 800 pound delivery of fajitas.
When the driver was told the kitchen didn’t serve fajitas, he replied that he had been delivering them for the last nine years. Oops.
“When Mr. Escamilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years,” Saenz said.
Escamilla was (obviously) quickly fired, and his house was searched by investigators where they found his fridge filled with fajitas. It turns out he would deliver them to waiting customers on the day he would receive them.
Following the investigation, Escamilla was arrested last Tuesday on a first-degree theft felony.
The fajita felony has prompted a review of department policy, but still leaves us wondering who’d eat that much Mexican food.