Ex-employee accused of stealing a safe full of cash from his former employer

PALOS HEIGHTS, IL – An Alsip man is accused of breaking into his former workplace and stealing a safe full of cash. Keith Watson, 42, is facing a burglary charge.

Palos Heights police received a report Wednesday morning from Take 5 Oil Change, 12861 S Harlem Ave. Employees told officers that someone kicked the windows in the garage door and burglarized the office overnight.

Video collected by investigators captured a man being dropped off and picked up by a “single vehicle” which police say was identified as belonging to a former employee. License plate reader cameras captured the ex-employee’s vehicle leaving the community shortly after the alleged break-in, police said.

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A nearby police department had contact with the vehicle an hour after the Palos Heights burglary for an unrelated matter. Police said photographic evidence of the encounter showed the ex-employee was present during the break-in. The ex-employee, later identified as Watson, was taken into custody on suspicion of burglary. He appeared Wednesday afternoon for a hearing at Bridgeview Courthouse.

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