A 57-year-old man is accused of stealing a stash of cash from a North Portland restaurant.

Michael Lee Dizer is in custody in the downtown Portland jail after he was booked on allegations of first-degree aggravated theft, second-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, harassment and third-degree assault.

Dizer, police said, was caught on camera last Tuesday entering the office of the Overlook Restaurant at 1332 N. Skidmore St., where the owner had just placed about $30,000 in cash in a drawer, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Michael Lee Dizer, 57 

Dizer was seen standing near a video poker machine, watching the owner and then going down a hallway that said “Employees only” and spending about four minutes in the office before he left the restaurant, according to police.

Portland police were able to identify the man in the video, with help from the suspect’s probation officer. 

The next day, officers stopped Dizer driving a 2000 Cadillac Escalade in Northeast Portland, the affidavit said. Dizer told police he had bought the car last Wednesday. He had $982 in cash on him when arrested.

Dizer, on probation for a robbery conviction, also is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in December and violating a restraining order she got against him.

Court records indicate he has 17 prior felonies since 1976, for drug, burglary, forgery and theft convictions.

He’s due back in court Feb. 24.

–Maxine Bernstein

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