Triple J Chophouse and Brew Co. is using social media to try and catch a man they say stole a tip jar.
Manger Justin Zimmerman says the man came in around 9:50 Tuesday night. Two surveillance cameras in the bar area captured the man grabbing the tip jar from behind the bar, quickly grabbing the cash out and setting it on the floor.
"We did see that it happened from one of our tables. He walked across, he grabbed the tip jar that had cash in it and proceeded to pull the cash out and set the tip jar down in a matter of ten seconds," Zimmerman said.
Brad Bell has been a bartender at Triple J for four years. He was working Tuesday night and had stepped away from the bar for a matter of seconds when the tip jar was stolen.
"I hadn't even noticed it was missing... I was like, you got to be kidding me," Bell said.
Seconds after, the video shows the thief speaking to Bell as if nothing ever happened.
"He came back out about thirty seconds later and had a conversation for a little bit and it didn't seem like anything was wrong," Zimmerman said.
"I thought he was waiting on me so I asked him if he needed anything, but he was like, I'll just take my ticket and leave your money on the table," Bell said.
Bell says he than realized the man paid for his bar tab with the cash they believe he stole. Bell estimates around 80 dollars was stolen.
It's frustrating for sure. Not with my own money," Bell said.
Triple J has filed a police report. However, they also posted the surveillance video to their Facebook page to get the word out.
"Facebook is a really great avenue and place to send that. We posted it yesterday and already have gotten a lot a response," Zimmerman said.
Police are still investigating and if you have any information, please contact Crimeline at 741-1000.
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