Man pleads guilty to burglary at restaurant

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By Tom Wilmoth

A 24-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to 32 felonies in connection with a burglary at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Bedford this May.

    Jordan Lee Davidson, a former employee of the restaurant, entered his pleas during a hearing Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court. Those pleas included one count of burglary, one count of grand larceny, one count of property damage, one count of possessing burglary tools, one count of larceny with the intent to sell and 27counts of credit card larceny.
    According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Debra Beale, Davidson, on May 2 of this year, closed down the store with his roommate at about 2 a.m. After going home, Beale said Davidson took his roommate’s keys to the restaurant without his knowledge, and returned to the restaurant. Beale stated that Davidson cut the wires of the security system and took alcohol worth in excess of $500. He also tried, unsuccessfully, to break into the restaurant’s safe, causing $2,400 in damage. Beale said Davidson also took 27 credit cards from the restaurant’s lost and found box. The credit cards had been left there by patrons.
    While search warrants were being executed at his home, investigators observed Davidson drive by, Beale stated. He was stopped and alcohol from the restaurant was found in the car along with a Black and Decker portable grinder. The credit cards were also found in the vehicle.
    Beale stated that though Davidson first denied any involvement, he later told investigators he was “trying to get his life back together,” stating that a relationship he was in had led him to do some things he normally wouldn’t do.
    Beale said Davidson spent more than an hour in the restaurant during the burglary and investigators found a map to North Carolina in his car and he had information on a possible room for rent.
    Prior to accepting the pleas and pronouncing a sentence, Circuit Court Judge James Updike ordered a pre-sentence report for Davidson which will include looking to see if he will qualify to participate in a diversion program. He remains in jail pending his next scheduled hearing on Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.