Pausing between mouthfuls, the man calling himself Mr. Califero proudly displayed his haul for the camera.
Seven tacos, a large order of fries, two sodas and two quesadillas with extra chicken would have cost $15. But as he titled his Feb. 19 homemade video, this was about “How to Scam Del Taco” and get the food for free.
“See what happens?” said the 6-foot-5, 500-pound narrator, whose real name is Robert Echeverria. “Guess that’s how you do it.”
As outlined in a video posted on the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube, Echeverria netted the feast from a Rialto Del Taco by calling the manager to say he was a local CEO whose lunch order had been botched and he didn’t have a receipt.
Five minutes later, he and two friends are seen in a parked SUV laughing, eating and mugging for the camera.
Rialto police didn’t find it so funny.
Within days of getting a tip about the video early this month, detectives identified the 32-year-old Echeverria as a gang member and obtained felony second-degree commercial burglary warrants for the arrests of him and his two 18-year-old friends.
If convicted, the maximum prison sentence could be seven years.
“This seems to be the new wave of crimes being committed: posted on YouTube for the world to see,” said Rialto police Lt. Joe Cirilo. “They’re victimizing someone here and making a joke out of it.”
On Monday, the video had been viewed 430 times. – pe.com