Thieves Distract Employees With Coffee in Safe Heist

Popular Greenville Avenue restaurant targeted in distraction theft, police say

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    One man kept employees of a Greenville Avenue restaurant busy by offering them free coffee while another person sneaked into the office and stole cash from the safe, authorities said. Police released two photos of the man and are asking for help identifying him. (Published Tuesday, April 8, 2014)

    Two men worked together to distract employees at a Dallas restaurant and stole more than $2,000 from the safe, police said.

    It happened about 10:30 a.m. on April 2, at the Blue Goose Cantina on the 2900 block of Greenville Avenue.

    One man kept employees busy by offering them free coffee, while an another man sneaked into the office and stole cash from the safe, according to police.

    The man, who broke into the safe, went in and out of the back door without anyone noticing.

    The office door was locked, but the thief managed to break in, manager Josh Johnson said.

    "I don't think he picked it,” Johnson said. “I think he jammed a knife in there or something and wiggled it. That's why I've been locking the dead bolt."

    He stole approximately $2,400.

    Johnson said managers are now locking the safe.

    Blue Goose Cantina operates six restaurants in North Texas. The newest one is in McKinney.

    The coffee caper was creative, but he was caught on camera, police said. He was captured on video staring straight at the lens.

    On Tuesday, police released two photos of the man and need the public's help identifying him.