Police: Thieves use keys to open cash registers at Walmarts

Police: Thieves use keys to open cash registers at Walmarts
Published: Nov. 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:19 AM EST
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MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Police are looking for a team of thieves who are using keys to unlock cash registers at Walmart stores in the Tri County area.

Investigators believe at least five Walmarts have been targeted.

A November 17 theft at the Moncks Corner store was caught on surveillance cameras.

It happened at 3:30 in the afternoon when the store was crowded with shoppers.

"Clearly, one of them is acting as a lookout," said Lt. Michael Roach. "The other one goes up to a register. He has a key for the register, opens it up, grabs the cash that's in there."

Roach said there are several ways the crooks could have gotten a key.

"It could have been a key laying around, it could have been a key somebody made, but clearly they had a key and they opened that register."

After taking money out of the register, the video shows the suspects calmly walking out of the store.

Police believe the same men broke into cash registers at Walmarts on James Island and in Mt. Pleasant.

"I think they found it works in one Walmart, so they're going to go to as many Walmarts and stores like that as they can," said Roach.

The thieves' getaway car is believed to be a white SUV with blacked out windows.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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