MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – It was a bold and brazen burglary. A man pretends to be a customer and hides until a store closes for the night and then steals thousands of dollars from a safe.
The suspect didn’t need any tools or a torch to break into the locked safe; he apparently had the combination.
Detectives are now wondering if it, a first for Murfreesboro police, was an inside job.
“Normally a person will smash a window or gain access through other means when they are breaking in to a store,” said Murfreesboro police Sgt. Kyle Evans. “Very rarely do we see a case where someone remains in a store where it had closed down for the night.”
A man is seen on the store’s surveillance video walking into the Dollar General store on Northfield Blvd. around 9:19 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, covering his face.
Police said he remained hidden in the store until it closed for the night and the last two employees leave and shut off the lights.
“Our investigators do have a solid foundation to start their investigation and it will be proceeding quickly over the next several days,” Evans said.
Thirteen minutes after the store employees leave, the burglar turns the lights back on and makes a B-line to the safe.
He takes a piece of paper out of his pocket. Police said it’s the combination to the safe.
The burglar sits on the floor, taking his time. He then seen on video getting up and grabbing a backpack he then fills with $3,813 in bills and coins.
Managers were able to give police a list of everyone who had access to the code, current employees and even those who were recently fired.
“It’s plausible that one of the people with access to the code gave that code to another person to commit this burglary,” Evans said.
The suspect didn’t leave right after stealing the money; he waits by the same door he came in until his ride arrives.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to make a break in this case quickly,” Evans said.
Since the suspect covered his face, police are hoping someone recognizes the clothing he was wearing including that green hat. If you have any information that would be helpful to police call CrimeStoppers at 615-893-STOP.