DECATUR — A 28-year-old manager who was demoted Monday at a Decatur restaurant came back a few hours later and stole money from the safe, police said. 

Officers responded at 7:54 a.m. Tuesday to Carrol Lou's BBQ, 2612 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and the owners told police they noticed at 6:40 a.m. two money bags were missing from the safe, detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said. There was a significant amount of money inside, along with gift cards, he said.

Officers did not see any sign of forced entry, and one of business' doors was unlocked, Copeland said. Video surveillance showed a person who matched the description of one of the employees entering the building at 11:46 p.m. Monday.

Copeland said the man walked straight to the safe, grabbed the cash and left. The owner told police the man seen in the video had the same hairstyle and shoes their employee normally wore to work.

Copeland said the 28-year-old employee is also the only one with a key who matches the suspect's description, according to the owner. 

The Herald & Review called the restaurant twice seeking a comment from the owner about the incident, but he was unavailable both times.

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