Caught on video: St. George look for cross-dressing bandit

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - Police in St. George are dealing with a bizarre burglar who dressed in drag to break into a vending machine.

Investigators say at least twice he's done this and may not have realized his crimes were caught on surveillance cameras. Police say they also found something else that will connect the guy to the two crimes. In both cases, he covered his head up with a piece of clothing.

Surveillance video shows the suspect breaking into the W.A.C. Car Wash at 110 South Parler Ave. in St. George on Aug. 1. Police say the suspect used a crow bar and a claw hammer to break into a dollar bill change machine.

The suspect wore light colored shorts, dark colored flip flops and a muscle shirt covered with a button up shirt.

Then on Aug. 14, the same suspect used a pry bar to break into a vending machine at the Comfort Inn on Motel Drive in St. George.

In that crime, he wore a dress and had covered his head with a light colored piece of cloth. Investigators say the suspect took money from the vending machine and put it in a purse.

Police say the same guy may have broken into another car wash on South Parler Avenue on July 30.

According to a police report, an officer noticed  the dollar change machine was pried open and damaged and was hanging from electrical cords inside the building.

St. George police do not have any leads on a suspect.

If you recognize the bandit or have any information, call crime stoppers at 554-1111.  You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

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