$180K stolen from Atlanta Walmart safe

Investigators believe thief had inside information


ATLANTA --

Atlanta police are trying to figure out who walked out of a local Walmart with $180,000 in cash from the store’s safe.

The theft happened at the Walmart store in the 1800 block of Howell Mill Road in Atlanta.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Ryan Young spoke with investigators, who believe the thief had inside information.

Shoppers were also amazed someone could manage to steal that much money from the store without getting caught.

“That's concerning to say the least, but I don’t know how they would get that kind of money away from the store in the first place … don’t know what to think about that,” one shopper said.

According to police, the theft occurred on Feb. 19 at about 2 a.m.

Police said they are scouring through the evidence left behind and reviewing video camera footage from the store.

“Unknown black male entered the safe. He is suspected to be familiar with the location. We don’t know who he is,” said Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport.

Police said the perpetrator, who was wearing sunglasses and a hat, walked into the Walmart and went to the customer service area. He then went to the safe and left with $180,000.

Young went through the police report line by line and learned that the perpetrator used a master key to open a Walmart safety deposit room and then opened a safe that requires a combination.

“I don’t know how that could happen … that's an inside job maybe,” said one customer.

Customers told Young that overall, they feel safe in the store’s parking lot.

“Never felt threatened when I come here,” said one customer.

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