It was 4:00 a.m. Sunday when police say a man caught on surveillance video in a neon t-shirt and UK hat walked into the Country Inn and Suites. Police say he asked the clerk, who was watering plants in the lobby, for change so he could buy a drink in the vending machine but police say a drink wasn't the only thing on his menu. He was "looking for the cash drawer, see where it's at, what's the procedure to get in and get the money" said Lt. Robert Swanigan.
The man heads to the second floor, to the machine, while the clerk gets back to work in the lobby. Moments later, police say he's back downstairs, crouched behind the desk, getting the cash. He's seen on video stopping only when she gets close. That's when he hides behind the counter.
"This isn't a random act where he reaches over the counter and gets cash and runs out", said Lt. Swanigan. "He's got a whole scheme planned, definitely something other businesses in the area should look out for."
Police say they believe this man may well strike again and is still in the area. They say there's something all businesses can do to help prevent this kind of theft. "Lock your cash drawer. You can see in this case, it isn't locked."
Police say the man was seen driving a red 4-door car. The say they're glad the clerk didn't catch the man in the act. They say if she'd frightened him, she may have gotten hurt.