Suspected thief who stole $20,000 from Greenwood bar caught on camera

Man suspected of stealing $20,000 from Greenwood bar. (Surveillance Photo provided by Baranof Bar & Grill)

SEATTLE -- Surveillance video has captured a suspected thief making off with thousands of dollars from the Baranof Bar and Grill Restaurant in Greenwood.

It happened between 9 p.m. and midnight on Aug. 14.

According to lead bartender Gabe McMurray, the thief broke into the office in part of the restaurant that was closed at the time.

"We have karaoke so it's pretty loud," said McMurray.

McMurray says the thief drilled into a second office door and found the safe, and made off with $20,000.

"Any way he could have pried this (safe) open, he did," said McMurray.

Employees are now reaching out, sharing the pictures, asking for help.

"We want to put word out. I don't want this to happen to them. $20,000 is a lot," McMurray said. "We don't know who it is, other than pictures on our cameras."

Before the Baranof was hit, someone targeted several other bars on the same street, including The Lodge.

Sophia Overlock-Pauley, who manages the Lodge as well as tends bar, said someone broke in to her business two months ago.

"Our safe was completely pulled apart. Like broken apart," she said. "Like they had known how to; they'd seen the safe before and known how to get in it."

Police aren't sure yet if the burglaries are connected, but some of the targeted businesses say they have their suspicions.

"That seems a little professional. That's weird," said Overlock-Pauley.

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