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Cary grab-and-go thief casually helps himself to cash

Posted July 31, 2013

— Cary police are asking for the public’s help to catch a thief who casually strolled into two stores and helped himself to cash from the registers.

Officers think the same smooth criminal swiped money July 26 from a Walgreens at 1210 Kildaire Farm Road and struck again about an hour later at an Exxon at 1720 Walnut St.

Security video from the Exxon shows the man – dressed in cargo shorts, a dark polo shirt, sunglasses and socks with sandals – walk into the store, take a quick glance around, lean over the counter, pop open the cash register and take a fist full of bills before walking out unnoticed.

Exxon employee Bobby Fann said he left the register unattended when he went in the back to work on a car. 

"He walked in (and) just in case somebody walked through the door, he had his wallet ready. He leaned over and inched over to the cash register and just took everything out," Fann said. "Nobody saw him come in. Nobody saw him leave. He was just like a ghost."

The cash grab took less than 30 seconds.

In both cases, witnesses told police the grab-and-go thief left in a white car believed to be a Chevrolet HHR. No one was hurt.

"It’s a very serious and special concern for us whenever larcenies occur in the middle of the day when businesses may be full of customers,” Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton said in a statement. “We hope these incidents remind retail store managers to be extra vigilant while conducting their normal operations."

Exxon employee: Thief was in and out quickly, 'like a ghost' Exxon employee: Thief was in and out 'like a ghost'

Hamilton said the thief could be linked to similar crimes in the area.

"You saw the video. He's pretty calm. I wouldn't be surprised if he attempted this elsewhere," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cary Police at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to an arrest, and callers may remain confidential.

Hamilton said the surveillance video was particularly high quality, and he's confident someone will come forward with an ID.

"That's excellent quality video. If he was my neighbor or coworker, I'd know who he is," he said. 

Fann said that, besides the cash, the thief stole a sense of community.

"We usually have a neighborhood feel in here, but when somebody does something like that, you can't trust anybody now," he said. "It kind of destroys that neighborhood feel."


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  • Tax Man Aug 1, 2013

    This guy will be ID'd and will be arrested and will serve time. Probably only got a few bucks - not worth it. How come these cash registers are not secured and require a password to unlock? Nail this criminal and give him the max. This was in Cary so he deserves a long, long prison sentence! We love our Cary PD and we know you will continue to protect us and nails this crook!

  • Obamacare rules Aug 1, 2013

    A baseball cap and a fake beard would have worked quite well here. Too bad for him he'll be behind bars shortly.

  • Phyxius1 Aug 1, 2013

    I see that some of the Cary bashers are surfacing. Why don't they tell us where they live and why their town is so wonderful? Union Cavalry

    Of course the residents of Cary always get upset when the talk of crime rising in their town comes up and lately they have had quite a few. I would say that Durham bashing almost always pops up in a Cary story as a remark here has already shown. So I guess all of Cary is bad now and crime ridden since they have crime stories now. It seems to be the way " some " people grade all the towns around it by....

  • dorindarindy Aug 1, 2013

    Looks like he is pretty stupid. Gave a great pic of himself!

  • Union Cavalry Aug 1, 2013

    I see that some of the Cary bashers are surfacing. Why don't they tell us where they live and why their town is so wonderful?

  • Brian Jenkins Jul 31, 2013

    The Federal Reserve just robbed us again today so whats the big deal. Its the Federal Reserves 100th birthday this year. Why no celebration or even mention? LOL wake up

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 31, 2013

    damack - "Wait, this guy looks white. According to some of you, only minorities commit crime."

    Did you have to play the race card?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 31, 2013

    jma - "Cash registers SHOULD be locked when not attended!"

    Most automatically lock themselves when they close.

    Were these left open, or did this guy know how to get them open?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 31, 2013

    Why were the drawers left open like that, or were they? If not, how did he get them open? Store unclear.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 31, 2013

    He's quite resourceful. Imagine what he could do with a job.