What to Know
- A hotel guest wearing a “Casper the Ghost-style” bed sheet with eye-holes cut out stole cash from the hotel's cash register, police said
- Joseph Elder, 59, carried out the robbery at the Ramada Inn in Wayne around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, according to police
- He was arrested and charged with burglary and theft, police said
A hotel guest wearing a “Casper the Ghost-style” bed sheet with eye-holes cut out leaped over a counter in the hotel’s lobby and stole a wad of cash, police said.
Joseph Elder, 59, of Wayne, New Jersey, got into the lobby of the Ramada Inn on Route 46 through a now-shuttered adjacent restaurant wearing the sheet around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, the Wayne Police Department said.
After Elder entered the lobby, he allegedly jumped over the hotel desk counter, pried open a cash drawer and stole an unspecified amount of money before fleeing through the restaurant, police said.
"... [Elder] attempted to conceal his identity with a Casper the ghost style bed sheet with holes cut out," the department said.
Officers searching the area after the robbery learned that Elder was actually staying in a room at the hotel, according to police.
He was arrested and charged with burglary and theft, police said.
His attorney information wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.