Police: Man hid in K-mart bathroom, stole jewelry, getaway bike

PINEVILLE, NC (WBTV) - The Pineville Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division is trying to identify a man they say hid in a local store until it closed, then burglarized it.

On July 11, a man went into the K-Mart in Pineville during store hours, but hid in the bathroom until all the employees had left for the night, police said.

Just after midnight on July 12, the burglar exited the bathroom, broke into a glass jewelry display, and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

He then stole a bike from the display floor, and left through the rear door, setting off the security alarm. Police say he left the scene on the stolen bike.

The burglar is described as a black male with a thick beard, 5'8" tall, around 180 pounds. He was wearing a black t-shirt, dark colored jeans, black shoes, and a black and white Oakland Raiders hat.

Security cameras caught the man in the act, and although the pictures are grainy, police are hopeful someone will recognize him.

Anyone with any information about the burglary or the man pictured is asked to contact Pineville Police at 704-889-2231.

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