Lobster claw machine break-in nets duo hundreds of dollars at North Fort Myers restaurant

Posted at 1:18 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 13:18:22-04

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A duo is sought after the owners of a North Fort Myers restaurant say they stole hundreds of dollars from their lobster claw machine.

The machine offers diners a chance to use the classic claw-style test of skill to grab a live lobster from a tank.  If you manage to snag a lobster with the claw, the restaurant will cook it up for you.

The owners of RJ's Bar and Grill on N. Tamiami Trail say that the two people seen in surveillance images here ate at the restaurant on Sunday.  After dining the couple were seen taking a photo of the claw machine before the man sat down in front of the machine.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the man pried the machine's door open and took approximately $400 from inside before leaving the restaurant.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspects are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. 

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