Lacy Lakeview police are searching for a man they nicknamed "Sticky Fingers," who allegedly robbed a local convenience store but left a hat from a Bruceville-Eddy business and other clothing behind, Lacy Lakeview Police Chief John Truehitt said.

Police were called to a convenience store near Texas State Technical College after an alarm system alerted officers to a possible burglary overnight Tuesday. Truehitt said the man forced entry into the store by breaking glass and removing some bricks on the exterior of the business while the store was closed. 

Truehitt declined to release details or the location or time of the suspected crime, but said officer Casey Lander nicknamed the man "Sticky Fingers" for taking several items, including cash, from the business. Police said the man wore a Brunson Metal Erectors hat into the business.

Jerry Brunson, the owner of Brunson Metal Erectors, said he was shocked when he saw his company's name on surveillance photos that police released Wednesday. He said he puts out about 500 promotional hats, shirts and other clothing items throughout the year, but he assured clients that the man is not an employee of his business.

"This guy does not work for me, but I don't know how he got hold of it," Brunson said. "I don't want anyone thinking he is a part of my company."

Truehitt said the suspect removed his hat and placed a green shirt over his head during the burglary. The man also removed several pieces of clothing during the crime, revealing a noticeable tattoo on one of his arms.

Truehitt released images from surveillance video before the suspect left, leaving clothing items, including the hat, in the store. No arrests were made by Wednesday afternoon and the investigation remained ongoing.

Anyone with information about the crime or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Lacy Lakeview Police Department at 799-2479 and reference case: 17-1296.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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