Alleged El Pollo Loco Burglar Arrested After Returning To Scene Of The Crime For Lunch

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Photo credit: CBS2

Photo credit: CBS2

COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — An alleged serial burglar’s craving for El Pollo Loco appears to have done him in.

Daniel Warn, 28, was caught on security video in the early morning hours of July 16 going through the drive-thru window at the fast food restaurant in Costa Mesa.

Video allegedly showed him ransacking the eatery, but he failed to find any money.

Later that day, police say Warn, of Bloomington, returned to the El Pollo Local to order food wearing the same distinctive hat and bright green shirt.

“Shortly before noon on July 16, employees at the El Pollo Loco contacted Costa Mesa Police reporting that a subject matching the description of the suspect seen on the store video was back at the restaurant, in line to order food,” authorities said.

Warn was arrested at the restaurant.

He is also a suspect in several other commercial burglaries in the south Costa Mesa area that occurred earlier in the week.

Warn, who has a criminal arrest record, was out of jail as part of California’s Realignment program.

He is being held at the Orange County Jail on $35,000 bail.

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