DALLAS – Dallas police say a brazen thief snuck in the back door of Dodie's on Greenville Ave. and got away with $985 belonging to employees.
Dodie's has been in business along lower Greenville Avenue for 23 years. Its owner is very satisfied that people are safe when they come here to eat and drink. But there is still the need to be careful. The restaurant's set up to embrace its 'Big Easy' feel –– the Cajun food comes out quickly and a back door leads to a parking lot.
But that access turned into a hard lesson, owner Chris McGuinness said.
"It's just a time of year that you really be careful and kind of make sure you're extra cautious."
McGuinness says about 12:40.m. Thursday a man entered the back door and slipped into the unlocked office. After locking the door, he went through the cash box, waitress' purses and even their tip money. The thief took about $985.
But on the way out the surveillance camera took a really good picture of him. Police say they haven't noticed any spike in crime along lower Greenville leading up to the holidays.
Lower Greenville Ave. crime watch activist Avi Adelman says the boldness of some of the thefts and burglaries make him notice.
"The numbers aren't that high but the more aggressive ones are going up I think and that's got people kind of worried," he said.
McGuinness says one result he'll have to take is locking that back door around midnight now.
"Our concern is to make sure all patrons for any restaurant in this area or anywhere in town watches their back this time."