He asked if he could go behind the bar to check out the workmanship.
The bartender told him to stay where he was then walked away to take care of another customer.
When she turned back around, the man bolted from a back room — off limits to customers — and out the door.
Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said the bartender gave chase and stopped the man in the parking lot.
The man emptied his pockets.
“He didn’t have anything on him that belonged to the bar,” Klamar said.
The bartender let the man go and returned inside to find a key stuck in the bar safe.
“When she got back the key ring was still swinging back and forth,” Klamar said.
Fortunately, the bar safe takes two keys to open.
Klamar said his detectives were trying to confirm the identity of the man, and no charges had been filed at press time.
Anyone with information can call Perkins police at 419-627-0824.