Man With Cane Breaks Into Allen Businesses

Four Allen businesses report locks forced in early Thursday

By Catherine Ross
|  Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 6:53 PM CDT
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Allen police are looking for a man caught on camera breaking into businesses. Police say he has such a distinctive way about him, the public may be able to help investigators track him down.

Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter

Allen police are looking for a man caught on camera breaking into businesses. Police say he has such a distinctive way about him, the public may be able to help investigators track him down.

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Allen police are looking for help in identifying a man who broke into four businesses in the wee hours of Thursday.

The man in his 40s or 50s was caught on surveillance camera inside one of the four businesses. All of the businesses' front locks were forced in.

"When I got in the next morning, I realized the lock had been broken," said Denise Bell, manager of the Style of America salon.

On Thursday morning, she found the store's cash register open and the drawer lying on the ground.

"It was on the floor, dumped out empty," Bell said.

No cash was in the drawer at the time of the break-in, and the thief only made off with about $19, she said.

Sgt. Jon Felty said no business lost more than $100, though a 42-inch flat-screen television was stolen off of a business wall.

"Apparently he was after cash," Felty said. "The way he appears on video, this is not the first time he's done this. He seems to have some experience."

Felty said security footage shows the man to be slim and between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He also appeared to have a thin mustache and glasses.

The man was also seen carrying a cane, but police said they don't know if it is a ruse or if he needs it to get around.

The video shows him walking with a slight limp, favoring his right leg.

Police said they believe the man was driving a dark-colored Lexus sport utility vehicle with a gray under trim, likely a 1998 to 2003 RX300 model.

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