The man with loose-fitting trousers who broke into Taco Mayo in April has been identified. The ankle monitor he wore for his probation in Missouri apparently tripped him up.

Police will recommend charges of burglary and theft against Paul D. Gordon, 34, of Parsons. Gordon is now in the Montgomery County Department of Corrections in Independence awaiting prosecution for robbery and fleeing and eluding law enforcement. His next court date is June 24 in Independence. In the robbery, Gordon is alleged to have taken $460 from Equity Bank in Independence May 5. He’s also charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement later that day.

In Parsons, Kailee McClelland, who worked at Taco Mayo at the time of the break-in, was arrested on suspicion of interference with law enforcement. The investigation shows that McClelland and Gordon allegedly gave false statements to investigators about the Taco Mayo burglary, according to a press release by Parsons police.

Taco Mayo, 3210 Main, was burglarized between 6 and 6:03 a.m. April 16. A police report shows that $2,561 was taken in the break-in. Images of the burglar were captured on security video. Police said at the time that the suspect entered the business using a key and wore a mask and gloves. Social media has since given Gordon a colorful moniker because one of the two still images released from the security video showed the man bent over next to the safe with his pants and underwear slipping down. 

Parsons police said in a release Wednesday that they received information throughout the investigation identifying the suspected burglary.

Gordon was wearing an ankle monitor when he allegedly committed the robbery in Independence and the burglary of Taco Mayo. Information from the ankle monitor showed that he was at the businesses at the time the crimes were committed, Parsons police said Wednesday.

Gordon was on probation in Polk County, Missouri, for stealing and receiving stolen property. He received a controlling 17-year prison sentence that was suspended on July 9, 2020. He was assigned to probation for five years. He failed to appear in that case on May 13 because he was in jail in Montgomery County, so his probation has been suspended and the Missouri court is awaiting his return to begin revocation proceedings, according to court records.

“I want to thank the Parsons Police Department’s Investigation Division for their continued efforts in this case. This is one case that we were looking forward to cracking wide open, and it looks as if we have done just that,” Police Chief Robert Spinks said in the statement.

“Good, solid case work takes some time when there are few witnesses or leads to act on,” said Detective Lt. Sherri McGuire. “We understand the frustrations of the community at times because we also get frustrated with the slow process that allows information to come our way. This case was just that way. We had suspicions of the criminal involved but had to verify our information before we could make the arrest or charge them with the crime. We were successful with this arrest and look to the judicial process for their punishment in this matter.”

This continues to be an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, the tip line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com. Citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.”

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