A man was arrested by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport security agents after he broke into a closed Pasta House restaurant, leaving his cell phone and alcohol-soaked underwear behind.
David M. LaPrade, 24 of Southampton, MA, was charged with second-degree burglary and property damage.
Airport Police said LaPrade was caught on security cameras as he tore a security gate off its hinges to get into the closed restaurant Sunday evening. An airport official said it was late at night and the area was deserted.
Airport Police said they discovered LaPrade’s alcohol-soaked underwear, T-shirt and cell phone behind the restaurant’s bar.
Airport Police Chief Paul Mason said LaPrade drank alcohol and spilled quite a bit of it while inside the restaurant.
“This is all caught on videotape,” Mason said. “He took off his clothes, dressed again and exited the area.”
He left his underclothes, which were wet with alcohol, and his cell phone behind.
“He was very intoxicated when he was arrested,” Mason said.
Transportation Security Administration officials stopped him based on a still photo from the video and information gathered from his cell phone.
LaPrade was charged Sunday with second-degree burglary and property damage. He was being held Thursday in St. Louis County jail. Bail was set at $7,500.