MT. HEALTHY, OH (FOX19) - Mt. Healthy police are searching for a man caught on camera stealing a tip jar from an area restaurant.
It happened Wednesday night at Angilo’s Pizza on Hamilton Avenue. Sarah Lyons was working at the time. She said a man came in and asked for a drink, and when she turned her back to him, he made his move.
“I finish making my pizza, grab him his glass of water, I put the pizza in the oven," said Lyons. "As soon as I turn around, he grabs the tip jar and just jets.”
The entire incident was captured on store security cameras. That footage has been shared with police.
“I was surprised there wasn’t another customer in here,” said Lyons. “We had quite a few orders, so he was risking himself.”
Moments after the man took off running with the tip jar, employees said they rushed to look for him, but could not find him.
“It’s sad that someone has to steal a tip jar," said Lyons. "Can’t make your own money -- so you have to steal someone else’s.”
The workers said that the theft is hurtful because the money that was inside the jar comes from customers who generously give it to them.
“From our regulars, it means a lot to us because we see these people every day, you know, it’s nice. It’s sad that it happened," said Lyons.
Mt. Healthy police are now investigating the theft. They said they believe there was about $50 inside the tip jar. They are now working to identify the suspect.
Police believe the man is between 17 and 20 years old. Anyone with any information is asked to call police. You can also anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.