Arizona Man Arrested for Stealing Burrito from Phoenix Man on the Street 'By Force,' Police Say

An Arizona man was arrested earlier this month for forcibly stealing a burrito, according to court documents.

Timothy Bell, 29, has been accused of threatening a man on the street before taking his burrito "by force," according to a police report filed about the incident. The victim called 9/11 after having his burrito stolen and followed Bell until the police caught up with them at 12th Avenue and Van Buren Street in Phoenix.

When police stopped Bell, they found the burrito wrapper on his person. Bell was then taken into custody, where he was booked on one count of felony robbery. No bond has been set, and Bell is expected to be arraigned on December 6 in Phoenix Superior Court.

The police report listed the stolen item as a "burrito, of a value less than $1000."

Bell is no stranger to the law. He's been to prison twice for weapons possession, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and narcotics possession. He's also been on probation over a 2015 weapons misconduct conviction, for which he served three years in prison.

This isn't the only time stealing fast food has led to felony charges. In 2018, Gilberto Escamilla was sentenced to 50 years for stealing thousands of fajitas across the span of nine years, approximately $1.2 million dollars in food.

Escamilla, then 53, was accused of using county funds to place food orders from his place of work, Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center in San Benito, Texas, then selling them at an upcharge since December 2008. The whole scheme unraveled when a delivery driver called the detention center to inform them that 800 pounds of fajitas were about to be delivered. The crew working at the detention center found this suspicious, as they do not serve fajitas in the kitchen, but the delivery driver told them he'd been coming there for nine years to make deliveries.

When Escamilla's crimes were discovered in August 2017, he was fired.

"It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control," Escamilla said during court testimony, according to NBC News. "It got to the point where I couldn't control it anymore."

A man stands accused of stealing another man's burrito on a Phoenix street. Tom Kelley/Getty

The court also ordered Escamilla to pay $10,000 on top of the $1,251,578.72 they said he cost them in fajitas since he began to resell them.

Texas State District Judge J. Manuel Banales dismissed an extra theft charge. Because Escamilla stole more than $200,000 worth of goods, Texas law considers the crime to be a first degree felony versus a misdemeanor and ultimately allows for a sentence of up to 99 years in prison to be levied. It also allows for a more severe punishment if the defendant commits a crime while acting as a public servant.