BATAVIA – A man suspected of robbing a photo booth at Funway in Batavia neglected to consider one important detail – the potential of leaving behind photographic evidence.
Batavia police are seeking information about the man, who was indeed photographed by the machine while he was prying open the cash drawer, police said. Batavia Detective Kevin Bretz said those who have information about the incident should call 630-454-2500. Bretz said people can call in anonymously.
"If you break into a photo booth, it's going to take a picture of you," Bretz said, adding "obviously, he didn't think that far ahead. … He decided he was just going to keep doing what he was doing, despite the fact that it was a photo booth."
Bretz said the man entered the booth and pried open the cash drawer and took about $75 in cash and caused about $75 in damage. In a Facebook post on the "BPD Special Updates" page, police stated that the machine is designed to take photographs when it senses tampering to the cash drawer. The incident took place on Nov. 25, but the Facebook post stated "the report was delayed until the owner could get a repairman to pull the offender's image from the machine."
Bretz said the machine is among the attractions at Funway, a facility that includes an arcade, a bowling alley, miniature golf courses and more. Bretz said Funway workers were checking their machines at the end of the night on Nov. 25 and found damage to the photo booth.
"They are there for the entertainment of everybody," Bretz said of the booth and the other attractions. "This individual decided he was going to take money out of this particular machine."
Bretz said it is rare that any such incident would happen at Funway, which he called "a very fun, amusement environment."
"They are not prone to any big problems at all," Bretz said. "Funway is a safe environment."
As of Thursday afternoon, Bretz said police had not received calls about the incident, but he said "it's still early. We're confident that we'll get some calls here."
"Or, he could turn himself in," Bretz said.