Police seek man wanted in restaurant thefts
Thomasville Police Department asks the public to help identify a man suspected of stealing money from several area restaurants.
According to a press release, a black man, described as in his 30s, approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 240 pounds, enters a restaurant, goes to the bathroom and cases the establishment. After placing an order, the suspect waits for a moment when employees are distracted and the cash register is unattended. The man opens the register, takes the money and flees.
"We are seeking the public's assistance in identifying this guy," Sgt. Brad Saintsing said. "He goes in, looks around, assess the area and looks for an opportunity when no one is around the register. We just had one happen a few days ago."
Police formed a description of the suspect through employee accounts and surveillance video. The man is suspected of stealing from three local restaurants dating back to late last year — Shoto's, 1033 Randolph St., on Dec 24; Legends, 809 Julian Ave., on Feb. 9; and Loflins, 108 Randolph St., on March 27. The suspect unsuccessfully tried to steal from Shoto's a second time on Feb. 9.
Police believe he may be responsible for a pair of similar incidents in Archdale at Rancho Restaurant and Pioneer Family Restaurant.
"Police believe the same person is involved in Archdale and Thomasville," said Saintsing. "We often communicate with other agencies. We learned that through the MO and the description, they seemed to be related. He may have hit other jurisdictions as well."
Anyone with information is asked to contact TPD at 475-4284 or Crimes Stoppers of Thomasville at 476-8477. Crime Stoppers of Thomasville offers cash rewards to anonymous callers for tips that lead to an arrest.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.