Spooked Tops BBQ vandal runs back outside after breaking glass door

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A vandal broke through a popular barbecue restaurant's front door but quickly left before taking anything.

The crime was caught on camera overnight on Nov. 2 at Tops BBQ on Lamar Avenue near the intersection of Pendleton Street and Kimball Avenue.

Video shows the vandal kicking his way through the glass door. He makes it inside but then quickly turns around and leaves.

On the video, there appeared to be a loud noise that startled him.

Tops Bar-B-Que has a reputation for satisfying the taste buds of Memphians, and that's why loyal customers were upset to find out one of the restaurant chain's locations was vandalized.

"It makes me, I don't want to say nervous, but it makes me cautious," one patron said. "That guy needs to be caught, and if I?can help catch him I will help them."

Memphis Police Department said there have been at least four other reports of vandalism in the area within the last month.

Police said the man may have used a brick to initially break the glass.

Tops BBQ released the following statement about the incident:

"Nothing was taken from the incident, it happen after closing and thankfully no employees were there.  If you have seen the video, as soon as the alarm went off, the criminal turned and ran.  We did have to replace all of the door glass, and we are thankful for our alarm system."

If you have any information about who the man is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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