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Police: Public’s Help Sought Identifying Would-Be Burglar Scared Off By Armed Bar Manager

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NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man they say attempted to burglarize a Newport Beach bar whose manager scared him off with a gun.

Newport Beach police say the unidentified man cased Woody’s Wharf waterfront restaurant at 3:30 a.m. last Friday.

KCAL9’s Stacey Butler reports manager Bill Gies, an Army veteran, saw the man acting suspiciously on surveillance video, called 911 and told officers he was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

“As soon as he breaks the window, I chamber around into the Glock, point it towards the window, he sticks his face through I yell, ‘Freeze!’ Then he bolts,” Gies said. “I was lucky just being at the right place at the right time.”

Police are now looking for the man in the surveillance footage.

“We are hoping that somebody in the public will be able to see those [images] and be able to identify the suspect,” Newport Beach police Lt. Jeff Brouwer said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Newport Beach police.

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