Cornelius 'Masked Pirate' wanted after robbing business
Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspected burglar who dressed as a pirate to rob a local business in Cornelius in late July.
Deputies serving the city of Cornelius were called to the business at 10:05 a.m., July 23. According to the sheriff's office, the so-called "Masked Pirate Burglar" broke into the Last Lap pub in Cornelius, 1515 N. Adair St., the night before, where he stole a safe containing more than $4,000 in cash.
Video surveillance showed the suspect — wearing a pair of glasses with a fake hat, eye patch, parrot and beard — entering through a side door of the business after hours. The man wore a t-shirt across his shoulders and was seen holding a fire extinguisher.
The man disabled a surveillance camera, then stole the safe using a hand truck.
Deputies say the man fled the scene in a stolen white pickup truck, which was later found abandoned in western Washington County with its license plates stripped off.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cornelius deputies at 503-629-0111.
By Geoff Pursinger
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