Coffee-throwing thief grabs hotel cash

A man threw hot coffee on the front desk clerk at an Arlington Best Western, jumped over the counter and stole cash from the drawer, police said.

He made off with $450 and a cell phone, then sped away in a white sedan, police said.

It happened at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night in the 2400 block of South Glebe Road. A police dog and a U.S. Park Police helicopter helped with the search for the robber, but were unsuccessful.

The suspect was described as a black male weighing 170 pounds who wore a black hat, reading glasses, black athletic jacket, white athletic shorts and white shoes during the robbery.

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