The authorities say the Oxnard man allegedly caught in the act of breaking into the Taco Bell in Camarillo last Friday morning is now considered to be the suspect in 14 separate commercial burglaries in Ventura, Camarillo, Port Hueneme, and Oxnard over the span of five weeks.
A task force of detectives from different law enforcement agencies had investigated the rash of burglaries and were on to 41-year-old Nathan Knuppel of Oxnard before the burglary at the Camarillo Taco Bell last week.
They focused in on him after an Oxnard patrol officer spotted Knuppel sitting in a vehicle parked outside a closed business in Oxnard at 3 AM in the morning.
The authorities say the task force caught him in the act at the Taco Bell.
Knuppel entered not guilty pleas to a host of charges filed by the District Attorney's Office and he denied the long list of special allegations, including a prior conviction in 2002.
He has been in jail on $20,000 bail.
The judge refused the prosecutor's request to raise bail but said if Knuppel is released on bail, he will have to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
He is due back in court on August 8th.