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Louisville restaurants say the same person stole money from them

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Two Louisville restaurants say they were the targets of theft in broad daylight.

They say the crook's strategy is smooth and bold.

He walks in, finds the money bag and leaves without getting caught.

Now, with more than $4,000 gone, the restaurants are hoping someone will recognize him.

Matt Davis, owner of Lil Cheezerz, hopes surveillance video and public awareness will lead police to the man pictured.

Davis says his crowded restaurant was hit on Wednesday, in the middle of the day.

He says it didn't even take the suspect five minutes to go into the store's office, locate the money bag and take off.

"This whole transaction took about two to two and a half minutes total from the time he was at the back door to the time he was out the door with the money," said Davis.

Davis guesses he got away with at least $450.

"(That's) cash sales from our food truck from the day, our operational bank that the guys leave out with every day," he told WDRB.

Davis and another restaurant manager believes he's done this more than once.

Jo Harp, manager at Sal's Pizza says the same guy took nearly $4,000 from them.

"He jumped into the office. He goes in, locks the door behind him, looks around, he's looking all over the desk and he sees that money bag and he unzips it, pulls the money out, opens the door, peeks around, around the corner and he's out," said Harp.

Davis and Harp say they believe it's the same person because of social media and surveillance video.

"I was looking at Facebook and seen the guy, where Matt had posted pictures and I was like oh my gosh, that's the same guy that hit us," Harp told WDRB.

"Sal's Pizza, same m.o. Walks in undetected, takes it and leaves," said Davis.

"Same hat, looks like the same guy, looks to be the same shirt, the tattoo on the forearm," said Harp.

Neither business expects to get their money back but they want him stopped before he steals more or before someone gets hurt.

"It seems like robberies are stepping up and we've never gotten hit and all of a sudden we get hit. Yeah I'd liked this guy stopped," Davis told WDRB.

"If I had been here by myself and if he'd had a gun, I told the owner, I'd have given the place away," Harp said.

"This is the first instance we've had. I'm just glad nobody got hurt," added Davis.

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