Stars of YouTube video ‘How to Scam Del Taco’ arrested in Rialto

By | March 18, 2008

Stars of YouTube video How to Scam Del Taco arrested in Rialto

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

3 thoughts on “Stars of YouTube video ‘How to Scam Del Taco’ arrested in Rialto

  1. Angry Chinese Driver

    Oh yeah, he should totally beg for a record deal now, just like all them other gangstaz who don’t feel like they’re making enough money off of selling crack to little kids so they “rap.”

    “Quesadillas with extra chicken, I be stealin’ that shit
    Rialto Del Taco, dumb lil’ bitches
    When I’m outta the can you mafuckaz better run quick
    Cuz imma order 50 combos and you won’t see no tip.”

    Echeverria aka Mr. Califero better not jack my shitty rhyme!

  2. JOE

    THIS IS A WASTE OF TAX PAYERS MONEY, IF ANYTHING THEY SHOULD BE FINED, ITS 12 DOLLARS IF ANYTHING DELL TACO SHOULD CHANGE ITS POLICY IM SURE THEY FEEL EMBARRASED FROM ALL THIS PUBLICITY. WHEN I WAS A LIL KID I WOULD GET FREE REFILLS FROM TACO BELL I HOPE I DONT GET ARRESTED FOR THAT.LOL
    RIALTO PD IS A JOKE, THEY OBVIOUSLY HAD IT AGAINST HIM, AND COULDNT GET HIM ON ANYTHING ELSE.

    RIALTO PD, SHOULD BE EMBARRASED FOR WASTING TIME AND RESOURCES ON A 12 DOLLAR TACO CRIME.

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