Fishtown man busted in Bubba's BBQ break-in

A 31-year-old Fishtown man with a lengthy crim­in­al his­tory was ar­res­ted last week after al­legedly break­ing in­to the apart­ment above Bubba’s BBQ res­taur­ant on Gir­ard Av­en­ue, which lis­ted a late Septem­ber open­ing on­line.

Ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man Christine O’Bri­en, po­lice ar­res­ted Gary Mi­chael Wilson on Sept. 21 when he was found along the 800 block of Al­mond Street.

Wilson, of the 2600 block of E. Dauph­in Street, was charged with burg­lary, crim­in­al tres­pass, crim­in­al mis­chief and two counts of theft for the Gir­ard Av­en­ue break in, which oc­curred just days be­fore.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, Wilson broke in­to the build­ing at 19-21 W. Gir­ard Av­en­ue, soon to be the home of Bubba’s BBQ, and then con­tin­ued on to an apart­ment up­stairs.

At that time, a sur­veil­lance cam­era al­legedly cap­tured an im­age of Wilson. The im­age made the rounds on the In­ter­net last week.

 Po­lice of­fi­cials said Wilson stole sev­er­al items, in­clud­ing a laptop and an XBOX video game con­sole.

This was not Wilson’s first run in with po­lice.

In fact, Wilson was already serving pro­ba­tion for theft from a mo­tor vehicle — a sen­tence he re­ceived only a few weeks be­fore on Sept. 2.

Wilson’s crim­in­al re­cord stretches back to 1998 and in­cludes a laun­dry list of ar­rests for a vari­ety of crimes in­clud­ing drug of­fenses, as­sault, rob­bery, burg­lary, driv­ing while in­tox­ic­ated and pro­ba­tion vi­ol­a­tions.

Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be reached at 215-354-3124 or hmit­ 

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