Trail of macaroni salad leads to Build-A-Burger burglary suspects

Three men were arrested in Mt. Morris, New York on Sunday after allegedly stealing a cash register, security system and food from a restaurant, then leaving a sloppy trail of clues

Mugshots of, from left, Timothy S. Walker Jr., Matthew P. Sapetko and James P. Marullo, after they were apprehended Sunday, May 10, 2015 for allegedly burglarizing a western New York restaurant. (Photos courtesy of Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, N.Y. (MEDIA GENERAL) – It didn’t take long for deputies of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in western New York to apprehend three alleged criminals over the weekend. According to a report from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, three suspected burglars were apprehended Sunday afternoon, thanks to a trail of clues.

Deputies responded to a burglary at Build-A-Burger Restaurant in Mt. Morris at approximately 6:30 a.m. after the owners reported a cash register and surveillance system were missing.

Deputies followed clues to a nearby hiking trail where they found “cash register parts, surveillance system parts, rubber gloves, loose change and a steady trail of macaroni salad,” the Democrat & Chronicle said.

According to a police statement, “It was later discovered that the suspects stole a large bowl of macaroni salad, which they took turns eating, along their escape route.”

The three men, Matthew P. Sapetko, Timothy S. Walker Jr., and James P. Marullo, were charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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