The manager told police that everything seemed secure when she and an employee locked up for the night, but surveillance footage revealed otherwise.
The manager at Broadway at the Beach’s Cold Stone Creamery said she noticed the alarm she had activated hours earlier, was off when she came in to work Sunday morning and found the front door unlocked. Surveillance footage showed an employee that was with her had unlocked the front door when only the camera was watching, according to an incident report.
“Upon viewing camera footage of the incident the offender can be seen standing outside (of the business), wearing the same work outfit he had on that day ... at 12:39 a.m. waiting for a security guard to pass by,” the report states. “The offender enters the business around 12:40 a.m. and runs towards the back of the store.
“It appears that he may have been trying to disarm the alarm before it went off,” an officer noted in the report.
The employee is seen using the unlocked front door to gain entry after hours, according to the report. A total of $1,724.66 was reported missing from the store.
A warrant was issued charging 32-year-old Brandon Hatcher Morris with second-degree burglary. Morris has no prior charges for burglary, police noted in the report.