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A man whose vehicle was broken into while he was having lunch at a Sugar Hill restaurant thinks the thief followed him from a nearby bank.

A Gwinnett County police officer responded March 6 to the Latin Flavor Café at 4955 Alton Tucker Boulevard in Sugar Hill, where a victim reported his passenger side window had been smashed and more than $10,000 had been stolen from the center console.

The victim told police a clerk at a convenience store next to the restaurant had obtained video surveillance of the incident, which showed the suspect following the victim in his vehicle. When the victim parked and entered the café, the suspect backed into a parking space next to the victim’s vehicle, smashed in the passenger side window, jumped up and leaned into the window and took envelopes of cash before quickly making a getaway. The suspect, described as approximately 5-feet-11-inches and 155 pounds, was wearing a dark red or burgundy hoodie with gray or white pants and black shoes. A tag number could not be obtained from the surveillance video.

The victim told the responding officer he thinks the suspect followed him from the Bank of America at 1500 Buford Highway, where he had cashed some checks.

The officer attempted to retrieve video surveillance from the bank, but the location was closed for the day.

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