The thief even brought his own shopping basket.
Police in Angier say the man carried the basket into an ABC store early Tuesday night and ran out with about $500 worth of top-shelf vodka.
Investigators on Wednesday released photos of the suspect and the white van in which he fled.
“Somebody knows this guy,” said Angier police Lt. David Campbell. “He’s looking right into the camera, like he’s taking a driver’s license photo.”
The larceny occurred about 7:30 p.m. at the store’s location on 305 N. Raleigh St., Campbell said.
He said patrons were inside the store when a white, late model Dodge or Chrysler van pulled alongside the building and parked.
A side panel door slid open, and a man hopped out and walked inside with a basket and shopping list. The door of the van remained open, Campbell said.
The officer said the man went toward the rear of the store, where he stayed for awhile.
“He was walking toward the counter where the clerk was waiting and then took off out the door and jumped into the van,” Campbell said.
The clerk followed. The last thing he saw was the van pulling away and the side panel door sliding shut, Campbell said.
The bandit made off with 13 bottles of vodka.
“This was high-dollar stuff,” Campbell said. “It wasn’t the cheap stuff.”
Police described the thief as a dark-complexioned man, who appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He stands between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts to call the Angier Police Department at 919-893-9111. Callers can remain anonymous. They can also email police detective J. Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.