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Man steals thousands of dollars from Sugar Land ice cream parlor

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SUGAR LAND, Texas – A man swiped several thousand dollars from an ice cream parlor in Sugar Land -- and a surveillance camera caught him smiling ear-to-ear on his way out. 

The theft occurred around 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mystic Dessert Bar, located at Southwest Freeway and Sugar Creek Boulevard. 

The owner said the man walked into the store, passed the seating area, toward the office. 

VIDEO: Surveillance video shows theft from Sugar Land ice cream parlor

He then opened an office door and helped himself to a deposit bag full of cash. The owner said she's devastated. 

"We are a small business and every little dollar affects, severely. It's not like $1,000 missing or $2,000 missing is like no big deal. For that -- it's a huge deal for us," said Bilal Rahman, a manager.

The store's owner, Jessica Brooks, is 17 and most of her staff consists of teenagers, as well. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Sugar Land police at 281-275-2020.