The Tarheel Bar-B-Q in Gates County, North Carolina, has been around for more than 50 years and has seen a lot of interesting characters come through the door. This past Labor Day, however, the family-owned restaurant almost fell victim to a burglary when no one was present at the diner during the holiday, according to a report by local TV station WAVY-TV 10.
“It just makes you mad,” owner Ricky Hedgepeth said, according to the news source. “You worked for all your life and somebody tries to take it from you.”
Surveillance cameras outside the restaurant caught an individual trying to break into the building using a shovel to pry open the back door, WAVY reported. The footage shows the suspect trying to enter the restaurant for more than 30 minutes.
“I couldn’t believe how long he stayed,” Hedgepeth told the news provider. “I was just surprised that he never looked around to see if anybody was watching him. It was like he didn’t care.”
In an interesting turn of events, footage from the surveillance cameras show the individual appear to get tired after trying to break the locks. After unsuccessfully gaining entry to the building, the man walked to the back of the store where he apparently fell asleep for about three hours, WAVY reported. Although nothing was stolen from the restaurant, Hedgepeth hopes the perpetrator will still be brought in by authorities.
“He didn’t steal anything from me but if I can help stop him from doing it to somebody else that’s what my main goal is,” Hedgepeth said, according to WAVY.
According to the FBI, more than 102,000 cases of burglary were reported across North Carolina in 2010. By implementing advanced surveillance cameras and other perimeter security solutions, organizations may be able to prevent similar crimes from taking place.