CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A burglar with a plan was thwarted by a nearly empty cash register, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD).
Surveillance video from the back door of the Jet's Pizza on West Mallard Creek shows a masked and hooded man park his car on a rainy night, then get out and smoke a cigarette while scoping out the place.
"He has a towel covering his license plate, so you can tell this is not his first rodeo," said CMPD Officer Tori Roddey.
The crook left, then came back ten minutes later and used a tire tool to break a window. He then reached in and unlocked the door. Once inside, he looked through every drawer and file cabinet.
He opened the cash register, but only found a few dollars. Then he used his tire tool to pry open the safe, but that didn't work. He left with far less than he expected.
"He thought he was going to get a lot of money, and the deal is, it was raining hard that night. You could see it from the video - it's pouring down rain," Officer Roddey said. "So, this is not like your average night. The guy really wanted to get in there because it's pouring down rain and you could see it on the video."
Officer Roddey added, "And, also on the video it shows, you can tell, he's either a white male or Hispanic male with a black ponytail - a ponytail in the back of his toboggan, that kind of stands out."
The man drove away in a 2008 Hyundai.
If you think you know something about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You won't have to leave your name, but you could earn a reward.