Man stuffed taco pinata with stolen items, police say

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GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Georgetown police have arrested a man accused of stuffing a taco piñata in Walmart with stolen items, according to an arrest warrant.

According to the warrant, John Andrew Irving and a woman were shopping in the Walmart store located at 620 South Interstate Highway 35 in Georgetown, when they reportedly moved through self-checkout and attempted to leave the store holding a piñata.

The couple had not paid for the piñata. A loss prevention associate reportedly found six packs of football cards, basketball cards, baseball cards and a grey T-shirt — all not paid for. The woman had items they had paid for, however.

Upon talking to the couple, the associate says she noticed Irving wearing a black jacket he had not been wearing when he entered the store. According to the warrant, he took off the jacket and admitted it was also stolen.

A cup of popcorn shrimp was also found in the couple’s basket that had not been paid for. 

According to the Georgetown Police Department, Irving claimed he’d forgotten about the items placed in the piñata and then remembered when they were leaving but decided not to pay for them anyway. 

Store surveillance cameras reportedly showed Irving placing the items in the taco piñata, while the woman stood by as a lookout. The total amount of merchandise stolen was $157.

Irving is charged with theft and has previous convictions for the same offense. 

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