Hotel theft sends police searching

Cordele Police search for a man who attempted to steal cash from a local motel. / From file

Officials with the Cordele Police Department are searching for a man that reportedly attempted to take some cash out of the register of a local motel.

Authorities say the Ashburn Inn on 16th Avenue E. called police Friday morning, reporting that a man was attempting to grab cash out of the open register drawer. Once employees tried to stop him, the suspect fled the building.

Detective Scott Farrow is working the case and says their lead suspect is 24-year-old, Bennie James Johnson and describes him as having a tattoo of a cross on his forehead.

If you have any information on this case you're asked to call the Cordele Police Department immediately at (229) 276-2921.