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Wig Wearing Restaurant Burglar Walks In Through Open Door; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

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The Hot Springs Police Department was contacted on 1/10/19 by the manager of 501 Prime on East Grand Avenue to take a report of a commercial burglary that happened around 8am on 1/4/19. Sean Christopher Singleton, 38, of Wood Street in Hot Springs, was allegedly seen on the restaurant’s surveillance video entering the back door of the business wearing a large coat, wig, and gray hoodie over his head.

Sean Christopher Singleton, 38, of Wood Street in Hot Springs – allegedly stole cash from a local restaurant

According to the police report Mr. Singleton’s face could clearly be seen on the video and it showed him entering the restaurant during closed business hours, going upstairs to the locked offices, bypassing the locked doors, and entering through an unlocked rear door. Mr. Singleton allegedly took a small amount of petty cash that was kept in the office. Then left through the same door he came in 5 minutes later.

An employee had allegedly just unlocked the rear door for another employee that was set to arrive and was in the restroom when he heard the suspect enter the restaurant. According to the report, the employee stated he heard the exit door bug fan running again when Mr. Singleton left and knew something wasn’t right. The employee ran out the back door looking for who just left. He found Mr. Singleton dropping money in the parking lot. He allegedly thought he was a woman because of his wig and helped him to pick up the money.

A still shot from the surveillance video of Mr. Singleton was posted on an HSPD social media page. An anonymous tip came in to HSPD Detective Hammons, giving Mr. Singleton’s name. Det. Hammons was able to positively identify Mr. Singleton and swore out a warrant for his arrest.

Mr. Singleton was served the arrest warrant at his home on 5/22/19. He was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center. He is charged with Felony Commercial Burglary and Felony Theft Of Property with a bond amount totaling $6,000.