BOISE — Police are calling a recent burglary in Boise “a bold move” because a man walked into the back of the Viking Drive-in restaurant and stole a bag of cash.
Julie Moore manages the Viking Drive In on West State Street and North 36th Street. The restaurant has been in her family for as long as she can remember.
"I'm not sure what motivates somebody to do this kind of thing or the extent that they will do to get what they want,” she told KTVB Tuesday.
She is still jolted from a crime that happened in broad daylight around lunchtime on Monday.
"I'm just hoping the public can help,” she said.
Moore, who is also the daughter of the Viking Drive In owner, said she was working when a man walked in through their backdoor just after 1:30 p.m. Monday and stole a bank bag with around $1,800 inside.
Moore said she was getting ready to deposit the money at a bank and left it in an unlocked lock-box while she helped a customer settle their bill.
She said the unidentified man walked through the door without hesitation, and was questioned by another employee as to what he was doing there. That's when she said he left on foot, heading west from the restaurant.
That's also when Moore acted.
"I was terrified -- I mean, at the moment I wasn't terrified, because I just started running, but while I was running calling dispatch I was a little frightened,” she explained. “And then when he stopped and turned around I wasn't sure what to do."
She caught up with him on State Street just about a block from the Viking and confronted him.
"I said 'You were in the Viking!' He said, 'No I wasn't' and he started to get very upset,” said Moore.
She says the man fled again as she was on the phone with police.
Boise Police spokesperson Lynn Hightower said that even though the man got away, Moore was prompt in reporting the crime.
“This is actually a rather bold crime -- someone walked right into a business and stole something that was very valuable, and to a small business that can be a devastating loss,” said Hightower.
Hightower believes the surveillance photos released by the Viking could help break the case, and Moore is hoping for that as well.
"We are just hoping ... someone in the public can recognize him,” said Moore.
Police describe the suspect as a tall, light-skinned man with darker hair. Moore said he was wearing a tan shirt and tan pants. She also said that he had a shaved head, with hair grown out to about a quarter of an inch.
Police consider the case a burglary. Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at 343-COPS.