• Police: Thief breaks into Southend BBQ restaurant twice in 6 hours

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police need the public’s help to find a man who they said broke into a barbecue restaurant in Charlotte’s Southend.

    Employees at Sauceman's said he ripped the wires from the surveillance camera right after the shots were recorded

    The surveillance camera captured a clear look at the man’s face.

    Employees told Channel 9 the suspect actually broke in twice within six hours and the alarm went off both times.

    In the video, the robber could be seen walking out of a freezer with bags in hand. At one point, he looks at the camera.

    SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Man robs Sauceman's BBQ restaurant twice in 6 hours

    Another shot shows him wheeling out equipment.

    Employee Cole Gray said the worst part is the man stole more than once from the restaurant.

    Gray said the man walked into the unlocked storage area behind the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9.

    "He had hopped the fence here and opened the freezer, and there's a sensor on the freezer and that sent the alarm off," Gray said.

    Gray said the owner showed up, but didn’t see anyone and reset the alarm, only to hear it go off again, at 2 a.m.

    "(He) proceeded to steal some hot dogs and French fries outta here," Gray said.

    Gray said food from the freezer wasn’t the only thing missing.

    “They took our generator, which I use for the food truck over there. They took a power washer. They took a lawnmower, a turkey fryer,” Gray said.

    Channel 9 also saw the spot where the surveillance camera was set up, but the thief wasn't able to cut the wires before being captured on camera.

    As for adding more security, Gray isn't sure it would've stopped him.
          
    "They were brazen enough to come back twice. I don't think a little padlock would have helped on the gates, (he) would have ripped it off."

    They found their generator at a nearby pawn shop.

    Police urge anyone who recognizes the robber to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


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