A Christian author who writes about New World Order and spiritual enlightenment seemingly took a dark turn when he donned a mask and robbed a Hoover movie theater at gunpoint in broad daylight, police said today.
The robber was captured when a theater manager tackled him, and he was detained by the manager and a nearby Good Samaritan until lawmen arrived. Hoover police today announced a first-degree robbery charge against 33-year-old Britton Clayton Traylor, who drove to the theater in his Porsche 911 Carerra and claimed he committed the brazen crime as part of his initiation to earn a higher degree as a Freemason.
“We’re not really buying that as we’ve never heard of Masons instructing members to commit criminal acts,” said Hoover police spokesman Capt. Gregg Rector. “It’s really one of the most ridiculous excuses that we’ve heard lately. He may have achieved a higher level of stupidity, but that’s about it.”
On Monday, lawmen responded to an armed robbery at the Carmike Lee Branch Theaters on Doug Baker Boulevard. Rector said Hoover officers and Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the theater to find the manager and another man on top of Traylor, holding him on the ground in front of the theater.
The assistant manager told police the man entered the theater wearing a life-like mask and brandishing a handgun. He demanded cash, escorted the employee to the office and ordered him to open the safe. He took a large sum of money, put it into a backpack and left through the building’s front door, Rector said.
Determined not to let him get away, the assistant manager followed Traylor, tackling and disarming him. At that point, Rector said, the victim realized the gun was a BB gun and tossed it aside. He also ripped the mask from Traylor’s face.
Another man leaving a nearby gym saw what was happening and ran over to help. They both held Traylor until officers arrived.
The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office today issued a first-degree robbery warrant against Traylor. His bond is set at $60,000. He is being held in the Hoover City Jail pending transfer to the Shelby County Jail.
Traylor in 2012 published a book called “Shining the Light; Exposing the Truth.” He also writes blogs and describes his work this way: “Shining the Light on the important CHRISTIAN NEWS of our day! Make sure to read my NY Times Best Seller “Shining the Light, Exposing the Truth.” It has been prophesied, over and over in the Bible. They will masquerade through this world as beacons of enlightenment, promising freedom and self-fulfillment to all who would listen to their message. Some are willing messengers of their Master’s will, while others are unwitting victims themselves, fooled into believing that peace and prosperity can only come by uniting the world under one government.
Traylor has written this about his book: “You’ve heard the propaganda at every level. From the brainwashing of our children, to the most popular entertainers of our time, even our Presidents have been known to serve the goals of the New World Order. Unfortunately, the best among us can be deceived if we don’t take a closer look. In this book, you will learn more about the Luciferian agenda. There are those amongst us who are actually serving a much darker power, while purporting to be messengers of light and hope. You will learn of some of the movements that have been shaping world politics and economics, and shifts in world religious thought. The influence of powerful occultists and dynasties of families can be traced back to very frightening origins.”
According to his biography: “Traylor studied Political Science at the University of Alabama and minored in History. After leaving school, he has pursued several entrepreneurial ventures, especially ecommerce websites. This has given him the time and freedom to pursue his true passion for writing.”
Court records show Traylor was arrested last year by Leeds police on multiple theft charges from a Walmart. Most of the charges in that case were dismissed.
“It appears he thought he had this crime well planned,” Rector said. “He had an additional disguise, a wig, in his getaway car, which happened to be a Porsche 911 Carrera. He obviously got a little more than he bargained for though, when the manager decided he didn’t want to be a victim.”
“We’re fortunate, however, this incident had a good ending, but it certainly could have gone bad in so many ways,” he said. “While we don’t recommend tackling armed robbers, our victim, the good guy, certainly came out on top and manhandled the bad guy.”