Theft at "Scoops & Swirls" caught on camera, Bakersfield Police looking for man in video

Posted at 6:41 PM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 21:42:40-04

A midday theft from a northwest Bakersfield frozen yogurt shop was all caught on camera. 

The theft may have gone unnoticed, if not for the surveillance cameras. 

On Friday October 13th, a man entered the Scoops & Swirls shop in northwest Bakersfield around 12:30 p.m. 

Nathan Albiar was working. He said it was slow, so he was mopping the shop when the man arrived. 

Surveillance video shows the man at the front of the store before Albiarr walks over and they start talking about the gelato. Albiar gives the man a sample and then takes his order. 

Albiar said he didn't suspect the man was going to do anything out of the ordinary. 

Albiar hustles to the back to grab more cups and that's when video shows the man taking half a step behind the counter, grabbing Albiar's fanny pack, shoving it up his shirt and then taking off. 

"He just took the opportunity to do something criminal and did it." said Albiar. 

Video shoes Albiar return from the back, refill the cups and start working on the order, no idea what just happened. Albiar didn't figure it out until nearly an hour later when he watched the surveillance video. 

Albiar said he's been working at the store for the past few months. A four-year military veteran, this is his first non-military job. He said the incident caught him by surprise.

"It made security feel way different," he said. 

Albiar filed a police report with Bakersfield Police. BPD confirmed the report and said they're still looking for the man.

Now Albiar is working to replace everything he lost including his credit cards, ID, keys and more. 

"I don't want to wish harm on him, I just hope he feels nasty." 

He also said he hopes the reason the man took his belongings was worthwhile. 

"You have to take the good with the bad. I hope he did some good with his bad," said Albiar. 

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call BPD at 327-7111.