A Carthage, Missouri, man is facing a felony charge after police say he was caught in the act early Thursday while burglarizing the Pizza Hut.

Rudy A. Estrada, 28, was arrested after police officers responded to tip about someone breaking glass at the Pizza Hut, said Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson. Police arrived to find a glass door and window had been broken out, and forced entry was made.

Inside the restaurant police found the suspect — identified as Estrada —appeared to have forced open the cash register, but money had not been removed. The officers proceeded to take Estrada into custody for burglary and criminal damage to property.

With a translator at his side, Estrada heard charges announced in English then translated to Spanish on Friday morning in Atchison County District Court. Estrada faces one felony count burglary of a building, that carries a penalty of 11 to 34 months in Kansas prison as well as two misdemeanor offenses, criminal damage to property and attempted theft.

Each misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in the county jail. Through translation, Estrada indicated he understood the charges, possible penalties and his right to an attorney. His bond was set at $10,000, and his next scheduled appointment is for the 9 a.m. criminal docket Friday, May 31, in Atchison County District Court.

Preliminary reports indicate Estrada was in Atchison for the short-term and had stayed in a local motel until he landed his stay in the Atchison County Jail, Wilson said.

Mary Meyers can be reached

at mary.meyers@atchisonglobenow.com.

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