Police: Cash thief caught purple-handed

EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – A restaurant employee was charged with stealing from co-workers after police said he was caught purple-handed.

Ephrata police set up a bait purse after two workers at Bright’s Restaurant reported they had cash stolen from their personal belongings and managers suspected another employee.

The bait purse was laced with a theft detection powder that dyes skin purple.

Three days later, managers told police that $20 was missing from the bait purse and one of the dish washers had purple dye on his hands.

Mickey C. Updike, 21, of Ephrata, admitted to the prior thefts and was charged Monday with three counts of theft by unlawful taking, police said.

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