GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Just before seven o’clock Monday morning, a man walks up to Seaside Liquors on East Beach in Gulf Shores and uses a key to unlock the front door. The problem, according to owner Patrick Manas, that man is not one of his employees and he wasn’t supposed to have a key to the business.
“I could have walked right into it,” says Manas. “I could have walked into someone breaking into the store right at that time.”
Manas hopes you can help him find out who he is. “He enters through the front door and goes directly behind the counter where the cash register would be, I’m assuming looking for money is the only thing cause he didn’t take any merchandise.”
Security cameras capture it all. “The alarm system gives you about 35 to 40 seconds before it arms if you don’t punch in your code.” The system continues to warn that time is running out. “He comes back to the alarm code and starts pressing buttons to try to get it to shut up.”
It doesn’t work. “He drops his bags, left the key in the door and just took off.”
In less than a minute he is in and out of the store, empty-handed. “It could have been a brick through the window or something like that,” says Manas. “No merchandise was taken, no cash was taken. We are very fortunate but still very weary too.”
The key to solving the mystery is where did he get that key? Authorities hope you recognize him and they can ask him themselves.