WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A man who pleaded guilty in 2013 to holding up a Wichita Falls pizza restaurant with a toy ray gun is scheduled to plead Thursday to charges of stealing new vehicles or keys from car lots.
Matthew Wayne Gregory, 30, is charged with theft over $30,000 and retaliation against an officer for alleged threats he made during his jail Booking.
In April, police set up surveillance at the Patterson’s dealership off of Old Jacksboro Highway after reports of vehicles being stolen and broken into, officers say Gregory came onto the lot around 1:30 a.m. and matched the description of a man who abandoned a stolen mustang at a nearby restaurant earlier.
They said he looked in the lockboxes on cars, left, then returned later.
The next morning, police said Gregory returned and drove off the lot in a new vehicle.
Officers followed him and arrested him.
Once at the jail, they said Gregory became aggressive towards officers and threatened to kill them.
In 2013, he pleaded guilty to theft of a person and was placed on three years probation.
Police said he pulled up to a drive-up window of a Pizza Hut, pulled the toy gun and tried to grab money.
The employee realized the gun was a toy and pushed him out the window. Police got a crime stoppers tip and arrested him a few weeks later.