D.C. police on Sunday said they are on the lookout for a man in a dapper hat who knows how to grill.

The “person of interest” is seen strolling through a closed Five Guys last month flipping what appear in grainy security footage to be hamburger patties, though a police spokesman said he could not confirm the nature of the food item being lovingly tended by the suspect.

“He cooked food. I don’t know if he made a hamburger or not,” according to officer Sean Hickman.


Sometime between 3:10 a.m. and 5:05 a.m. on March 18, the man pokes around a Coke machine at the burger shop on Irving Street in Columbia Heights, stops at the sink and cranks on the grill, the video shows. He also seems to throw on a couple buns while talking on his cell.

Hickman said the man snuck inside after a delivery person left, and eventually stole a bottle of water. The incursion is being investigated as a burglary, and police noted that DC Crime Solvers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for a tip that leads to an arrest.

A Little Cheeseburger with unlimited condiments sells for $5.69.