Man charged with taking $60,000 vehicle from car lot

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A man who held up a Wichita Falls pizza restaurant with a toy ray gun in 2011 is now charged with taking a $60,000 vehicle from a car lot.

30-year-old Matthew Wayne Gregory is charged with theft over $30,000 and retaliation against an officer for alleged threats he made during jail booking.

Gregory’s bonds total $10,000.

Last Thursday evening, police set up surveillance at one of the Patterson’s dealerships after reports of vehicles being stolen and broken into.

Officers said Gregory came onto the lot around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and he matched the description of a man who abandoned a stolen car at a nearby fast food restaurant.

Officers also said they could hear someone banging on something, and they observed Gregory checking lock boxes on cars. 

Gregory left the lot, and he was arrested at broad and kell.

Once at the jail, officials said Gregory became aggressive towards officers and threatened to kill them. 

One of Gregory’s previous convictions came in 2013  when he pleaded guilty to holding up an employee at a drive up pizza window. 

Gregory pleaded guilty and received 3-years deferred probation and a $750 fine.

Police said Gregory pulled up, ordered a pizza then pulled a gun out and climbed part way into the window trying to grab some money.

The employee noticed his weapon was a toy ray gun, and he pushed Gregory back out and locked the window.

Police found the toy ray gun at the scene, and Gregory was arrested a few weeks later on a Crime Stoppers tip.

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