Police: Beachfront restaurant manager stole money from safe

Last Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018, 4:38 PM EST

Police in Daytona Beach are looking for a longtime manager of a popular beachfront restaurant after they say he stole more than $3,500 from the safe.

  • Money stolen from safe at Ocean Deck restaurant
  • Owner says manager took money before shift, disappeared
  • Warrant issued for longtime employee Paul Ferguson

The owner of the Ocean Deck restaurant, at 127 S. Ocean Ave., said that 41-year-old Paul Ferguson — who had worked there for 15 years — entered the business with his key Jan. 22 and left three minutes later with cash from the safe.

On surveillance video, Ferguson is seen entering the restaurant with a backpack, putting the money in it and leaving in a Ford Explorer, police said.

The incident happened about a half-hour before his 7 a.m. shift. He ultimately didn't show up for that and has not been seen since.

There is now a warrant for Ferguson's arrest. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Daytona Beach Police at (386) 671-5100.