Ex-employee ID’d as Taco Bell burglary suspect who cooked meal, took nap, police say

Stephaun Gallaread
Stephaun Gallaread

A man who broke into a Gwinnett County Taco Bell and prepared himself a meal before falling asleep on the floor knew his way around the kitchen, according to police.

Investigators have identified the alleged burglar as Stephaun Gallaread. The 26-year-old is a former Taco Bell employee who worked at the Lawrenceville restaurant during the summer of 2019, Gwinnett police said Monday.

Gallaread was identified after police released surveillance photos from the strange Christmas morning incident at the location on Sugarloaf Parkway near Cruse Road.

Police said the man came in through the drive-thru window.
Police said the man came in through the drive-thru window.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

It was believed Gallaread entered through a drive-thru window sometime after midnight, police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said. He was seen on surveillance footage using the fryer to make some food, then taking a nap on the restaurant floor, she said.

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About three hours later, Pihera said he was seen leaving. He is accused of taking a laptop and a tablet on the way out.

The man cooked himself a meal and took a nap before stealing a tablet and laptop, according to police.
The man cooked himself a meal and took a nap before stealing a tablet and laptop, according to police.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

When an employee arrived to open the restaurant the next day, the fryer was on and some food was left out on the counters, according to a police report.

Gallaread is facing a single count of second-degree burglary.

“Gallaread is not yet in custody, but we encourage him to turn himself in to the Gwinnett County Jail,” Pihera said Monday.

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