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Templeton man arrested after allegedly breaking into Paso restaurant three times

A Templeton man was arrested after police said he admitted to breaking in to the same Paso Robles restaurant three times.

Mitchell Aaron Layne, 26, was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation. He is also expected to face charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and possession of controlled substances in connection with the trio of alleged break-ins.

Officers responded Monday to the restaurant in the 600 block of 13th Street after a report that someone had forcibly entered the building and taken money from the register the night before.

They were called back to the restaurant Tuesday after employees reported the man had entered the business again before being chased away. No theft was reported.

During a follow-up investigation, officers determined the man had entered the business a third time and, according to video surveillance, was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. He did not take any property, police said.

Layne was arrested Thursday morning and admitted his involvement in the alleged burglaries. He was taken to County Jail.

- Stephen Curran

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