Police Say Polite Criminal Robs Fort Oglethorpe Restaurant

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 12/17/2012 7:18 pm
While employees at Ming Moon cook up some business, a woman walks in cooking up a plan of her own.

Brittney Smith, an employee, adds, "The girl that was here said she [criminal]looked like she might have had cancer and was trying to keep germs off of her."

Smith says that could explain the articles of clothing wrapped around her mouth and head, and even that one latex glove that she had on her hand.

Smith adds, "She didn't come in here being rude, bring offensive, just came in and asked for the phone."

So, Smith's friend handed it over. Not thinking twice.

But police say the woman had a change of heart.

Sergeant Johnny Lanham, with the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, says,"She said better yet, let me just have all the money out of your cash register."

Smith adds, "Not scared as much as shocked.

Witnesses tell police she made off with more than $400 before driving off in a small silver or gold car.

Lanham adds, "It's a robbery by intimidation. She's giving the presence that she may have a weapon."

And that is a felony, no matter how polite the criminal was.

Smith adds, "Who does that and if you're going to rob somebody you're supposed to scare them into giving you the money."

But employees here say other thieves recently have not been as, well, nice.

Yes, the restaurant has been hit three times in the last three weeks.

Lanham says, "We had a white male go into the business and again grab the tip jar and run out."

Now, police are not sure if all the incidents are related.

Lanham adds, "It may be the same group."

But what they do know is that this family owned business is being targeted for some reason, and no matter how you slice it, it's not funny when hard earned cash walks out the front door.

Police say none of the other businesses nearby have been robbed.

If you have any tips, you are asked to call Fort Oglethorpe Police.
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