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Winder PD looking for thief posing as maintenance man

Winder police are looking for the man shown in these surveillance photos, who allegedly posed as a maintenance man to gain entrance to several local businesses and steal employees' wallets.

Winder police are looking for the man shown in these surveillance photos, who allegedly posed as a maintenance man to gain entrance to several local businesses and steal employees' wallets.

WINDER -- Authorities in Winder are looking for a thief masquerading as a maintenance man.

Winder police spokesman Officer Chris Cooper said Tuesday his department received three separate theft reports from local businesses, all describing the same suspect with the same mode of operation.

"Victims at each of the businesses all gave very similar descriptions of a man that entered the locations claiming to be someone sent by the building owner to perform services such as carpet cleaning and pest control," Cooper said. "The man was given access to office areas of the businesses after telling employees that he needed to inspect the area for the work he was going to perform."

Workers then returned to their offices to find wallets pilfered from their purses and desks.

The suspect -- who also matches descriptions from similar incidents in Clarke and Oconee counties, Cooper said -- is described as a heavy-set, middle-aged black man wearing gold-rimmed glasses. He is possibly driving a light blue or grey four-door Buick from the late '80s or early '90s.

Winder police have released surveillance photos of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Rikki Banks at 770-867-2156.