Published: Jul 22, 2011 9:45 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 22, 2011 8:46 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives are asking the public for help in identifying a burglar caught on surveillance video June 13 at the Microtel Inn & Suites, 4056 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

Detectives said a man sitting in the hotel lobby shortly after 11 p.m., is the suspect. The night clerk received a call saying there was smoke coming from a third floor room. She left the front desk, took the elevator up to the floor, but did not see any smoke. When she returned she noticed the cash register had been forced open and the cash missing. Also stolen from her purse was her wallet.

The white male suspect seen earlier in the lobby when the call came in about the smoke was not there when she got back. He was wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans, and he had dark hair. If anyone can identify the hotel burglar, please call CCSO Detective William Batson at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).