Hungry burglar forced way into Wal-Mart to eat, drink

A man pleaded guilty to burglarizing a local Wal-Mart store in April because he was hungry.

Willie L. Vertison, 42, of the 1700 block of Reed Road, pleaded guilty to a single burglary charge, a Level 5 felony, Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.

According to terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck on July 28, charges of theft and criminal mischief would be dismissed.

Vertison told the court, “I was looking for something to eat.”

Vertison admitted he rammed a shopping cart into the main doors of a Wal-Mart store until the locked doors pried open, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Vertison then entered the closed store, throwing and breaking items throughout the store, opening alcohol bottles to drink and opening food containers to eat food.

A couple of employees held Vertison until police arrived. A Fort Wayne Police officer said he saw Vertison standing in an aisle with a broken bottle of alcohol in one hand and a hot dog in the other, the affidavit said.