A man walked in the back door of the Viking Drive In on State Street Monday afternoon, snatched a bank bag filled with $1,800 in cash, then fled on foot, according to the restaurant's manager.
Boise police on Tuesday released photos taken by a security camera in the back of the restaurant. The suspect is described as a tall, light-skinned male with dark hair. He was wearing beige pants, a beige shirt and carrying a bag or a jacket.
Manager Julie Moore, the daughter of the owner, said the suspect must have followed her in the back door after she'd gone out to pick up some garbage, just before 2 p.m. She thought she shut the door when she came in. The door locks automatically when closed.
Employees heard the dinging sound of the door opening, so Moore sent one of them to go check on it. Moore said the employee confronted the man as he fled the building, asking him what he was doing.
"He said, 'I'm getting a glass of water,' " Moore said. "She said, 'You have to walk around to the front of the building.' "
Moore said she went after the intruder while calling 911 on her cellphone. She said she stopped a man with a grocery bag who was walking away from the drive-in but because she hadn't seen the suspect herself in the back of the restaurant, she wasn't sure if the man was the thief.
"He started to get angry, and he told me he didn't have it," Moore said.
She said she had mace in her pocket but wasn't sure if she should use it. She turned away for a moment, and he was gone, she said. She said she believes he fled on foot down State Street.
Moore said employees of the restaurant and her father owner Jerry Moore don't believe the man is a customer. None recognize him in the surveillance photos. The last theft that occurred at the Viking Drive In was in 2006.
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