Crime & Courts

August 11, 2014

Jet Bar-B-Q burglar leaves bizarre handwritten note behind

It wasn’t enough for the burglar to break a window and steal a cash register from Jet Bar-B-Q just east of Old Town late last week.

It wasn’t enough for the burglar to break a window and steal a cash register from Jet Bar-B-Q just east of Old Town late last week.

He left behind a rambling, handwritten note on an envelope, too.

“The antichrist is God in disguise,” the note read in part. “I represent good and evil. I’m coming for what is mine.”

Apparently, the burglar decided what was in the cash register was his, for he stole the entire register sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning, Jet owner John Thien said.

“Here’s the funny part: the alarm’s going off, he grabs the register, leaves this note and when he gets ready to leave ... he locked himself in,” Thien said.

That mishap forced the burglar to crawl out the broken window to escape, which he managed to do without cutting himself. Investigators hope the envelope upon which the burglar’s manifesto is written will provide clues.

“I’m the beast possessed by Lucifer....” the note continues.

Thien’s business partner, Buddy Colson, said money couldn’t have been the burglar’s sole mission.

“He left the tip jar” next to the register “with tips in it,” Colson said.

Thien and Colson don’t think a regular customer broke into the old firehouse at 1130 E. Third St. that is Jet’s home. They’re hoping police find the culprit soon, but were alerting regular customers who work in the surrounding neighborhood nonetheless to keep their eyes open.

“That guy is so weird,” Thien said of the note’s author.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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