Police Hunt Porn Thief

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Police are hunting for a man who stole $140 in cash and $22,000 worth of pornographic movies from an adult bookstore.

"It's just a frustrating situation," Fantasies Unlimited store manager Tim Merriwether said Friday. He said this was the first robbery in the year that the store has been open in Pontiac.

Police say the unidentified man walked into the store on Wednesday night and browsed for several minutes.

The man then asked the clerk for help, pulled out a large semiautomatic handgun and demanded money from the register, said Pontiac police Sgt. William Ware.

The robber took $140 and locked the clerk in the bathroom, Ware said. He said the store employee emerged after several minutes and noticed that several cases of adult movies also were missing.

"It's possible the man may try to sell the stolen movies," the sergeant told The Oakland Press.

Ware and Merriwether said they don't think the robber was a regular customer at the store.

The robber, who can be seen on a surveillance tape, grabbed four cases holding about 800 movies, while leaving behind about seven other cases, the manager said. He said there was no apparent pattern in what the robber stole and what he left behind.

"Apparently, he took all that he could grab," Merriwether said. He said he hoped police would be able to catch the man trying to fence the movies.

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