JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Police Department is seeking the help of the community in locating a man law enforcement officials said is taking money for area restaurants’ cash registers.
“We have warrants on the guy, but we haven’t found him,” said Chief Roger Reece Friday of the suspect in what he called a “till tapping” case.
Robert Burley Mayberry, who is a probation absconder from Iredell County, Reece said, is being sought in connection with the cash register crimes.
“His motive is he goes to restaurants between 2 and 4 p.m. in their down time, after the lunch rush and before dinner. He places an order to go and, if he sees an opportunity, he’ll breach the cash register and take the monies,” Reece said. “Most the time, they don’t know until they are cashing out.”
In Jonesville, Real Del Monte and Theo’s have fallen victim to the till tapping crime, with the two losing a total of close to $2,000. Real Del Monte was hit on Dec. 16, and Theo’s was victim on Jan. 8.
Reece said Glenn’s BBQ outside the town limits on U.S. 21 in Yadkin County also has been visited by a till tapper, and Elkin Police Capt. Kim Robison confirmed Friday that “a black male wearing dark clothing and a ski hat came into LaFuente’s on two separate occasions. While the staff was assisting customers, the male would open the register and take money.”
The Jonesville chief said the video of the crime at Real Del Monte was good enough that it was shared with other law enforcement agencies in the region, and “we were able to ID him,” Reece said of Mayberry.
“We’ve been told he is driving a tan and silver Impala or Malibu, and that there has been a second person with him at times,” he said.
“He is from Iredell County, but I believe he’s staying close by,” said Reece.
“He’s a convicted felon, and he hasn’t been out of jail long on the same thing,” said Jonesville Detective Scotty Vestal.
Reece and Vestal are encouraging restaurants owners and managers to watch the security of their cash registers and to cash out after the lunch rush to limit their losses if they are targeted by a till tapper.
Those who know the whereabouts of Mayberry or have more information on the incidents are encouraged to call Yadkin County Crimestoppers at 679-2366.
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