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Decatur man with bat allegedly breaks windows at restaurant

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A man with a baseball bat broke more than the "no shirt, no shoes, no service" rule at a fast food restaurant early Thursday, Decatur police said.

Wendy's employees called police when the man allegedly smashed out doors and barged into the restaurant after closing time, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Police arrived at 1:44 a.m. to find Thomas Earl Whited, 24, of Decatur shirtless and wielding a wooden bat inside the 1422 Beltline Road S.W. restaurant, Mathews said.

"Employees told us that Mr. Whited had busted two glass doors with the bat and then walked inside and stood at the counter," Mathews said.

Mathews said he didn't know why Whited broke the doors.

Officers arrested Whited and charged him with public intoxication. They advised management how to press criminal mischief charges regarding the damaged doors, which were valued at about $600, according to a police report.

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