A Middletown automotive shop owner said a man walked into his business and took a piece of equipment worth thousands of dollars.
“This guy pulls up, kind of in the way, gets out and goes over and talks to my employee trying to sell a tool,” Mike’s Garage owner Mike Bachert said.
The Butler County native said that they now believe the tools he was selling are believed to be stolen.
Surveillance video shows the man entering the employees only entrance at the back of the business. During that time, Bachert said he was in the office and his employee was parking a car they had just finished working on.
“[He] didn't see me, didn't see anybody else but spotted my brand new scanner, stuck it under his shirt and off he went,” Bachert said.
The shop owner said once he realized what happened he called police, but didn’t stop there.
“It's a relatively tight knit community, all the garages in town know each other,” Bachert said. “…immediately we got on the phone and started calling everybody saying look out for this guy.”
Bachert advised other shop owners to take down the man’s license plate rather than confront him about the stolen goods.
“I thought, this is ten minutes old,” Bachert said. “Let’s do it now and see if we can’t catch him somewhere in town.”
The suspect has not been caught.
If you have any information, you're asked to contact Middle Police.
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