Raw video: Robbery at M&M Cafe in Tin City
Security camera video
A restaurant owner in Tin City believes a disgruntled former employee might have been responsible for an attempted armed robbery at the business Thursday night.
“It’s definitely an inside job,” Matt Moen, owner of M&M’s Café, said Friday. “He looked too calm. It’s too relaxed.”
Employees had already locked up for the night when they heard a man knocking at the door around 9:30 p.m., according to reports from the Naples Police Department.
After learning the man’s name was Steven and getting the OK from a general manager over the phone, one of the employees opened the door, at which point a masked man with a handgun busted inside.
The entire robbery attempt took less than 20 seconds, according to surveillance footage. Moen said the masked man went straight to a hiding spot for money that only an employee or a former employee would know about. Another employee had hidden the money in a different spot, and police say the intruder left the café not a penny richer.
Although the robber used the name Steven, the name of an employee who recently quit, Moen said he doesn’t believe Steven was the one who tried to rob the place. He suspects it was another employee who was recently let go 89 days into his introductory 90-day probationary period and thus was told Monday he was ineligible for unemployment benefits.
“The perpetrator fit the description,” Moen said. “Detectives feel like there’s some sort of connection.”
Moen said police are in the process of obtaining cell phone records for a handful of employees, hoping to find information that will lead to an arrest. He was told by police that most commercial robberies in Naples are committed by employees or former employees.
“They said, ‘They’re all inside jobs, and yours is an inside job. We just have to connect the dots,’” Moen said.
Faced with a shortage of trustworthy employees, M&M’s made two new hires Friday that Moen said have good work experience. Although the robbery attempt was startling, he said he is glad nothing worse happened.
“I’m just grateful that nobody got seriously injured,” Moen said. “I have no ill will toward the robbers, but I hope they catch them.”