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Centralia Police Department makes arrest in Dos Arcos burglary

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8:00 am

After an estimated 20 hours of video analysis combined with face-to-face interviews, officers of the Centralia Police Department have made an arrest in the investigation of the July 26 burglary of the Dos Arcos restaurant.

William C. Garcia, arrested in connection to the Dos Arcos burglary investigation.

William C. Garcia, arrested in connection to the Dos Arcos burglary investigation.

Bob Bias, chief of the Centralia Police Department said that as a result of the ongoing investigation the CPD has arrested William C. Garcia, 22, of Mexico on one count of second-degree burglary and one count of second degree stealing – $750 or more – in connection with the Dos Arcos burglary.

The department, he said, put in between 20 and 30 hours of personal interviews and video analysis to pinpoint Garcia. The videos in question were from Dos Arcos and other nearby businesses, Bias said.

“We had suspected it had to be a former or current employee,” Bias said. “Employee interviews led us to question Garcia.”

CPD officer Landon Enochs, one of the interviewing officers, wrote in the CPD’s probable cause statement: “Garcia acted with an unknown accomplice and was observed in surveillance video committing the crime. In a post-Miranda interview Garcia denied committing the crime, however, Garcia was clearly not being honest, as he had numerous physical indications of deceptive behaviors. During the interview Garcia became very nervous when confronted with the fact that we had video of him. Garcia then terminated the interview. “

The police describe Garcia’s alleged actions in the PC statement.

“Garcia broke the window of the east door of the restaurant building and entered into the building. Garcia broke the window to the office and unlocked the door. Garcia entered the office and took a safe containing approximately $10,000 in assorted US currency and change. Garcia pushed he safe across the floor, crouching to no be seen through windows. Garcia pushed the safe to the door where they made entry and loaded the safe into a vehicle. Garcia acted with an unknown accomplice and was observed in surveillance video committing the crime.”

Bias said the investigation was continuing. “We know he had a least one accomplice, there is at lease one subject still at large, we don’t know who the driver was.”

As of September 30, Garcia was held in the Boone County Jail on an ICE hold.