Two men charged with breaking into Lunchbox Cafe


Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.

Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after police say they broke into a local restaurant and took an empty cash register and beer.

The Gainesville Police Department said an anonymous caller reported at 2:40 a.m. that someone was burglarizing the Lunchbox Cafe on First Avenue. Officials arrived and found John Stauff, 32, of Bronson, a person who matched the description given by the caller, the police report said.

Police said the cash register belonging to the Lunchbox was concealed behind him under a foil blanket. Officers also found several cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer from the restaurant, the report said.

Stauff told police he had learned about the restaurant being unlocked from Brandon Hebert, 30, of Douglasville, Ga. Hebert said that when he told Stauff about the business, Stauff told him they should go in and tried to recruit others but was turned down, the report said.

Stauff ended up going in alone twice by the unlocked back door and brought the beer and the register, police said.

Police said Hebert gave Stauff a piece of his foil blanket to cover up the register before police arrived, the report said.

Witnesses told police they saw Stauff and Hebert heading toward the business before it was burglarized, saying, “We're gonna get paid!” Stauff told police he knew the business was unlocked and went inside to get the beer but said he did not steal the register, the police report said.

Hebert provided a false name to police but later provided his real name, telling police he used a false name because he had several active warrants in Georgia and Alabama.

Both were arrested on charges of burglary and larceny, and Hebert was given an additional misdemeanor charge for giving a false name to an officer, according to the report.

Stauff and Hebert were booked into the Alachua County jail, where they remained Thursday in lieu of $7,000 and $9,000 bond respectively.

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