Reporting Ron Kilgore
IRVINE (CBS) — A fast food worker is behind bars Thursday on charges of stealing from a mentally disabled customer.
Luis Ballinas, 42, of Tustin, is accused of pocketing the victim’s money at the counter of a Burger King restaurant in Irvine.
KNX 1070′s Ron Kilgore reports detectives began patronizing the store after receiving a tip from the customer’s parents.
“The woman would come in and purchase her lunch and eat it, and they were able to isolate a suspect,” said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen.
Over the course of several weeks, Ballinas allegedly failed to give the customer change after taking the cash for himself, according to police.
“On two of those occasions, they found that the same person served her, and those were the two occasion when the woman went home without her change,” Engen said.
He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of committing theft against a dependent adult.
The case is headed to the Orange County district attorney’s office for prosecution.