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Stockton Police Search For Homeless Man Who Posed As Hotel Janitor

STOCKTON (CBS13) —  Stockton police are asking for your help looking for a thief posing as a hotel janitor.

It's a safety concern that has hotel management talking with authorities. Management declined to go on camera but said they want to get the word out because they don't know what could happen next.

SPD NEWS: WHO'S THAT WEDNESDAY?#StocktonCrimeStoppers Case# 19-33587

SPD NEWS: WHO'S THAT WEDNESDAY?#StocktonCrimeStoppers Case# 19-33587 On August 9, 2019, an unknown Hispanic male suspect was involved in numerous thefts from the Holiday Inn, located at 5045 S State Route 99 E Frontage Road. The suspect was last seen wearing an unknown company, uniformed type jump suit. He has taken over $1000.00 in miscellaneous tools and property from the business. He has been on and off of the property the past couple weeks involved in other thefts and incidents. He is captured on video surveillance footage knocking on hotel room doors identifying himself as a maintenance man. The suspect is identified as a Hispanic male adult, average build, 20 to 30 years old with black hair in a ponytail, a black mustache and goatee. He is last seen wearing a uniformed jump suit, white undershirt and tennis shoes. He appears to be homeless and is known to the area If you recognize him, please contact Detective Gandy at 937-5475 or Stockton Crime Stoppers 946-0600. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH reward up to $10,000! You can submit anonymous tips by: TEXT - Message a Tip to: 274637 (CRIMES) Text: "TIPSPD" plus your message TYPE - Submit a Tip online using the Stockton PD's Website or Facebook page TALK - Call Stockton Crime Stoppers Inc. at 946-0600 .

Posted by Stockton Police Department on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The above surveillance video is from Aug. 9 at a Holiday Inn Express along Highway 99 in Stockton. At first glance, it looks like a janitor going about his job, but cops say this man is a thief.

Officer Joe Silva with the Stockton Police Dept. Said, "Right now we don't know who this suspect is but his actions are bold and brazen."

According to police, the man seen here is homeless. They say he wears coveralls to make it look like he is a hotel maintenance worker. That day he reportedly walked in the back door and stole more than $1,000 in tools and equipment. He was also knocking on guests' doors.

"We don't know what his ultimate motive is. And if he could get access to a room if people were inside, what he is capable of doing," said Silva.

After watching the video -People who frequent the area are alarmed.

"He could totally be part of the staff -people don't know whether to let him in or not," one said.

Hotel management points to a constant stream of homeless at the nearby gas station.

"I work near here and there are times when people are camping or in that field over there," said Jamie Baiocchi, who works nearby.

That's why authorities have notified all businesses along the service road to be on the lookout for when and if he returns.

The man is described as Hispanic and in his 20-30's with a black ponytail, black mustache and goatee. There is a crime stoppers reward of $10,000 for information leading to his arrest.

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