Crackdown on Crime: Have you seen this man?

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lil Jeaux's Video Poker Lounge is a place to have a good time with a chance to win. But back in July a man who couldn't beat the odds, decided to make his own luck.

"We had a patron who was playing video poker, he continued to play for several hours. After we closed he went behind this counter and into this back door and into the office and took $9,000," said Callie Czuprynski, Lil Jeaux's Lounge Assistant Manager.

Czuprynski says it happened around 1:30 a.m. on July 12th. She recalls they had just closed up shop on one side of the location, when surveillance video shows it all unfold: The man entering through a side sliding door, going around the bar and stopping off to collect a night of tips before entering the back room making and away with the $9,000 in cash.

"It all happened real fast. It took about 30 seconds," said Czuprynski.

"We have some video of this person going into the store at about the same time across the street from that location on Prien Lake Road," said Lake Charles Police Sgt. Mark Kraus.

Kraus says they're interested in talking to the man in the red t-shirt seen in the convenience store video.  Czuprynski and others at the bar are convinced it's the same guy.

"We had seen him before a couple of times, but I wouldn't say he was a regular by any means," said Czyprynski.

According to Czyprynski the suspect had came into the bar about 4 to 5 times over the last six months and always went by the name "Tim."  The staff says he always ordered a Budweiser and smoked Marlboro Reds. In fact, the man in the video also bought cigarettes. He's also appears to be wearing glasses, but Czyprynski says she's seen him with and without the eyeglasses.

"At this time the man in the video is only a person of interest and we're interested in people calling in and providing us with his name. We want to talk with him," said Kraus.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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