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Gilberto Escamilla stole and resold over a million dollars worth of marinated meat

Kate Welsh
April 24, 2018

People steal oddly specific food items far more frequently than you might think. Just in the past year, there was a family in Seville, Spain, who tried to steal $8000 worth of oranges. Three men tried to take $300,000 of avocados from a California produce farm. And then there was the duo who stole $500,000 worth of fancy wine from The French Laundry. But the latest story in this genre is perhaps the most unbelievable yet: One man stole $1.2 million of fajitas.

Over the course of two years, Gilberto Escamilla stole and resold over one million dollars of fajita meat, the Brownsville Herald reports. As an employee of the Cameron County, Texas, juvenile detention center, Escamilla would order the marinated meat to the kitchen at his place of work and then resell it, handing the invoice to the detention center and pocketing the cash. The jig was up when a Labatt Food Service driver attempted to deliver 800 pounds of fajitas on Escamilla’s day off and other staff members were befuddled: The detention center never served fajitas.

In court last Friday, Escamilla pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. “It was selfish,” he said in his testimony. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”

Of course, when you or I say that, it usually means we’ve gobbled up our sizzling chicken fajita platter and then housed our buddy’s when they weren’t looking.


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