Nassau County police arrested a Mineola man who they say attempted to steal a cash register from a Taco Bell in Hempstead early Saturday.
Francis Ellis, 58, of Russell Drive in Mineola, got out of his vehicle just before 1 a.m. Saturday and lunged into the drive-through window of the Taco Bell on Peninsula Boulevard, according to police. He grabbed a restaurant employee and then tried to pull the cash register through the drive-through window.
Ellis was unable to remove the cash register, and eventually fled, police said.
Ellis was pulled over by police about 35 minutes later for a traffic infraction and arrested after the officer learned he was wanted for an unrelated incident.
Detectives recognized Ellis as the suspect in the Taco Bell incident during his arrest processing, police said.
Ellis was charged with third-degree burglary, attempted third-degree robbery, third-degree grand larceny and two traffic violations.