CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It was mid-July, right around 3:30 in the afternoon. All was seemingly quiet in the lobby of a Novant Health office on 3rd Street in Charlotte when someone suddenly appeared.
"He goes and peeks in the front door," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.
The person at the door didn't come in, but Roddey says he found another way to enter the building. He knows that because a minute later, on camera, you see the person who was just at the front door coming down the stairs into the building's remodeled basement. It's the start of a good long visit.
"Obviously downstairs nobody is going down there because of a renovation," said Roddey. "Clearly he's there 10 to 15 minutes."
Surveillance cameras show him checking out a room that's open, but he really wants into the next room. The problem is the door is locked. So, he heads down the hall into the break room. He spends the next several minutes looking and thinking about how to open that door. He even goes into his own wallet and pulls out a card and tries to shimmy the door open to no avail. The work must have been exhausting because at one point he even helps himself to a bottle of water.
"He's really scoping the place out, really relaxed doesn't seem stressed looking for something to steal," said Roddey.
Eventually he found something, but it was upstairs. Cameras catch him looking in a conference room and then eventually heading out a 2nd floor door into a stairwell.
"He ended up getting a box containing several laptops, very expensive laptops," said Roddey.
And while he was careful to not be spotted in the building, he didn't know police were getting a real clear picture of everything he did.
"The good news is its great video of this guy we should easily be able to identify this guy with the help of the public," said Roddey.
If you know who the man in the video is call Crimestoppers. The number is 704-334-1600. You can leave tips anonymously and be eligible for a cash reward.