Iowa "Hamburglar" turns himself in, apologizes for his actions
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - A 21-year-old college student turned himself into police after media coverage of Sunday's burglary at a Cedar Falls McDonald's.
Whitley Teslow was arrested and faces several charges including burglary in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and theft in the fifth degree.
Surveillance cameras at the restaurant on 1st street captured video of Teslow breaking in through the drive-thru window around 2 a.m. on Sunday. He was in the building for about half an hour. During that time, he cooked himself a burger and fries.
In a phone interview with KWWL, Teslow said he only remembers parts of the event and "was not in his right mind." He said he is not sure how he arrived at the McDonald's, but he knows he did not drive there.
During the interview, Teslow apologized to McDonald's employees and said he is willing to pay for any damages.
"It's not who I am to do something like that. I've never been in trouble with the law before. It's pretty hard for me to be able to swallow. I just hope they understand that it was a kid making a dumb mistake," Teslow said.
Teslow is concerned about how this incident may impact his future career plans.
"If the charges stand and everything like that, it's going to kind of screw up my profession and my life plan," Teslow said.
He is currently a junior at Wartburg College, majoring in Business Administration and Sports Management, with plans for an internship in Denver.
Teslow says the viral nature of the story means that he has already received more than 20 Facebook friend requests from strangers, friends have been posting on his wall and even jokingly telling him their food orders.
"I guess you can see a humorous side of it, but for me it's something that's not humorous at all," Teslow said.
Teslow faces up to five years in prison and a minimum fine of $750.