The suspect in a burglary of a local McDonald’s is on the lam after authorities said he caught a flight out of state following the theft Monday morning.
Kerrville Police Sgt. Chuck Bocock said Reuben Walston, a 21-year-old Kerrville man, fled the state on Monday after authorities said he stole a large amount of cash overnight from McDonald’s, where he worked.
Kerrville police officers received a report of a burglary at McDonald’s, 600 Sidney Baker St., at
6:40 a.m. Monday, Bocock said.
“A manager told officers that cash — $6,986.63 — had been taken from the premises,” Bocock said.
Kerrville police later posted a photo of Walston on social media, requesting help from the public to identify him. Authorities said on social media Tuesday morning the suspect had been identified.
“Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that after the business had closed the night before, a McDonald’s employee (Walston) had entered the building and opened the safe, taking cash,” Bocock said.
Police would not release the position Walston held at McDonald’s as of Tuesday afternoon.
Reports circulating Monday stated Walston may have gone to a local credit union to exchange the bills before fleeing the area, but Bocock said he could not confirm this.
The photo released Tuesday on Facebook showed the suspect at a service desk at a different place of business than McDonald’s, with the notation, “this burglary did not occur at the location that appears in the photos.”
Police also released photos of a black Ford SUV which was reportedly the vehicle Walston used before fleeing the area.
While photos released showed Walston speaking with another man, Bocock said he is currently the only suspect in the case.
“We are not investigating any other suspects at this time,” he said.
Walston fled the state, flying out of a San Antonio airport on Monday afternoon, Bocock said.
“Although the suspect is still at large, KPD would like to thank the citizens of Kerrville for their quick responses on Facebook, and to all others who assisted in this investigation,” he added.
Walston has no criminal record in Kerr County.
Burglary of a business and theft of between $2,500 and $30,000 are each state jail felony offenses, and are punishable by up to two years imprisonment and/or a fine of $10,000.