SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– You’d think a big lock would keep out the uninvited guests. So would bar-owner Bill Lawrence. But somehow, as this surveillance footage from Sunday night shows, that lock wasn’t enough.
“It was about three o’clock, I went and laid the money out on the desk and started counting. I was just pretty well pooped out,” says Lawrence.
He says this happened, just after the end of his nearly twenty-hour shift.
“I went back there to that recliner and went off to sleep,” he says.
Bill says the two men came down the hallway, into the back office, and took about 900 dollars off his desk. Meanwhile, Bill says he was asleep in this chair the whole time.
“The first time they got in, they got the money in the cash register,” says KJ Brewskies owner Kathi Marshall.
She says she too has been ripped off recently. Once, on October 10th and then again just two nights later.
“Brand new shoes, it looks like, the second time they broke in,” Marshall recalls, “They have gotten away with, as of now, close to 2500 dollars.”
Cousins Katie Freitas and Cheryl Dobbs both work at Carrie’s, the third of the four small Springfield bars to be stolen from this month.
“It was probably about ten minutes after our employees left,” says Freitas. “He rummaged through some cupboards and cabinets by the register but he didn’t get away with much other than liquor.”
While they say the man, only made it out of their bar with four bottles of whiskey, he also managed to rob these two of the safety they felt at work.
“It’s violating a little bit,” Freitas says.
“It doesn’t make us feel safe at all,” says Dobbs.
Now, these small bars are hoping justice is served, before a trend gets started, and puts a stop to business.
“We’re barely keeping our doors open for our patrons, and then someone comes and takes it from us,” says Marshall.