Caldwell police: Burglary suspect trashed Taco Time early Thursday

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comMarch 6, 2014 

David Felix Castro.

PROVIDED BY CALDWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Police who responded to a burglary alarm at the Taco Time in the 2600 block of Blaine Street in Caldwell early Thursday found a man inside who was on a rampage of destruction. The alarm went off shortly at about 1:39 a.m.

Upon arriving, they found two glass entry doors smashed out, and they heard banging inside, according to Caldwell Police Lt. Devin Riley.

The man who was found inside, later identified as David Felix Castro, refused to get on the ground — but five officers at the scene were able to take him into custody without incident. The damage inside the building included a broken-out drive-thru window and a dented cooler door.

"He got a fire extinguisher and was just flailing that around," Riley said. The suspect apparently used a window punch tool to go through the doors, and a crowbar was found at the scene too.

It did not appear that he ate any of the fast-food restaurant's signature tacos, or other food inside, Riley said. Police were unable to determine a motive for the rampage.

"Alcohol was a factor," Riley said. "He was not willing to talk to us."

Riley estimated the damage at about $1,000, including $500 for the exterior door and $200 for the interior door.

Riley said investigators determined the suspect acted alone and arrived on foot.

Castro was booked into the Canyon County Jail on numerous charges, including burglary, malicious injury to property, possession of burglary tools and resisting and obstructing.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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