18-Year-Old, Three Juveniles Accused of Hiding in Centralia Restaurant Play Area, Stealing From Cash Register 


An 18-year-old and three juveniles are facing felony burglary and theft charges after they allegedly hid in the play area of a Centralia restaurant and then stole $200 from the cash register after the business closed on Saturday. 

The four defendants — Junior Willie Jordan, 18, of Centralia, a 15-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys — were arrested over the weekend and were in custody as of Monday afternoon. 

As a policy, The Chronicle does not identify juvenile offenders under the age of 18.

The group is accused of hiding in the play structure area of Aliberto’s Mexican Food in the 700 block of Harrison Avenue before the restaurant closed on March 10. They allegedly emerged at about 3:30 a.m., taking about $200 cash from the register and leaving through the building’s drive-thru window, according to court documents. 

The business notified the Centralia Police Department of the burglary at about 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, according to the police department’s call log. 

Officers were able to identify the suspects from security footage of the burglary, according to court documents. 

Jordan was released on $10,000 unsecured bail following a preliminary hearing in Lewis County Superior Court on Monday. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 16.