Police Catch a Lucky Break Following Hardee's Break-in

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

Staunton police officers caught a lucky break while responding to a Tuesday night break-in at the Hardee's on North Central Avenue.

Police were notified by the alarm company that motion sensors in the Hardee's had been tripped. When they arrived, they found that the drive-through window was broken, but the suspect had already left.

While the officers waited for a Hardee's manager to arrive, they heard some shouting down the road. Three different officers were sent across the street where they found Darren Vires. Police say Vires was drunk, with cuts on his hands.

About the time those officers booked Vires for drunk and disorderly, the Hardee's manager showed up to at the store, and everyone was surprised by what they discovered.

"In the meantime, they were able to get into the restaurant. They were able to look at the surveillance video, and he was on the surveillance video. It was very different," says Officer Lisa Klein. "You have two officers who respond to an alarm then you have the other officers who were assisting with this other event and then found out the two were related."

Vires has now been charged with breaking in and entering and destruction of property. That's in addition to the drunk and disorderly charge.

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