COWETA COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities are searching for a man who hid in the Atlanta Costco subway for hours before stealing jewelry for thousands of dollars.
Channel News Action News learned that the man entered the store in Sharpsburg around 07.45. last week and waited until the store closed that night to commit the crime.
Channel 2 & # 39; s Audrey Washington was in Coweta County, where she talked to deputies about brave theft.
"This is the first case I've ever had like this."
HIDE and STEAL!
Investigators say this man entered a Coweta Co. Costco, hid behind a display sign and then stole $ 13,000 in jewelry after the store closed for the night.
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– Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) October 17, 2019
"I've never heard of such a thing," Jae Robertson told Coweta County Sheriff & # 39; s Office. "This is the first case I've ever had like this."
Employees said they had no idea the thief stayed in the store after it closed.
Surveillance video inside the store shows the man walking inside Costco on Fischer Crossings Boulevard earlier in the night and suing the place before leaving.
He came back a few hours later – and that's when it got weird.
"The suspect or offender walks around and eventually hides behind a screen in the front wall of the business," Robertson said.
Deputies say the man hid behind the display for nearly five hours waiting for the store to clear out and up close.
Video shows him coming out of hiding, smashing a glass screen and taking handfuls of jewelry.
He escaped with more than $ 13,000 jewels.
Deputies believe surveillance cameras from a nearby theater captured the truck the man used to get to and from Costco. They are sure that someone will recognize the man and beat him.
Anyone who recognizes the car or thief is encouraged to call deputies. Investigators are still working to find out if there are other suspects in the case.
Customers said that he got away with it is disturbing.
"It seems very shocking and scary," said Hilerin Gordon. "How did he get away with it?"
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