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March 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

He came in through the drive-thru window …

The Olympian

A 26-year-old transient is in jail after being caught on surveillance video crawling through the drive-through window of a Tumwater Jack in the Box, taking money out of the cash register and walking out the door.

The suspect, Ronald Bailey, was being held at the Thurston County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary after his arrest on suspicion of taking the cash from the Mottman Road Jack in the Box. His bail was set at $10,000.

The incident occurred after midnight Sunday when the fast-food place was open to only drive-through business, according to court documents.

Two employees reported to Tumwater police that they had stepped to the back exit to have a cigarette early Sunday morning when the burglary occurred, according to court papers. One employee said that as he returned to the drive-through window, he saw a man walking outside away from the restaurant, and “did not think anything of it,” until he opened the register to give change to a customer and found that it was empty except for a few coins.

A review of the restaurant’s surveillance video showed a man opening the closed drive-through window and crawling through it. The man found a set of keys to the register, opened it and took the $108 inside, according to court papers.

Bailey, who already was in custody at the Nisqually Jail for on a disorderly conduct arrest, was rearrested in the Jack in the Box case. He has denied setting foot inside the restaurant.

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