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Tip Jar Stolen From Hopatcong Deli, Cops Say

21-year-old caught after she allegedly took about $35 from E&T Deli.

A 21-year-old Hopatcong resident was arrested on Saturday after allegedly stealing the tip jar from E&T Deli, Hopatcong Police said.

Jessica Gonzalez is accused of taking the $38.72 in the tip jar after making a purchase at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday night, according to a report released by Lt. Thomas Kmetz.

Kmetz said after Gonzalez made her purchase, she went outside and saw the owner went into the back room. She then entered the store again, and took the tip jar from the counter, Kmetz said.

Kmetz said the owner ran outside once he heard someone come in and saw the jar was missing.

The owner was able to get Gonzalez's license plate as she was driving away, Kmetz said. Kmetz said the officers also watched surveillance video of Gonzalez taking the tip jar.

The plate led police to Gonzalez's apartment, where she was arrested and taken to headquarters, Kmetz said.

Gonzalez gave the tip jar back to the police when they arrived at her apartment, according to Kmetz.

Gonzalez was processed, charged with theft and later released, Kmetz said.

hjones November 26, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Kmetz said is written in there a lot.
Jessica November 27, 2012 at 02:48 AM
That's awful. What makes a person do this? For 38 bucks too. So dumb.
Hope November 27, 2012 at 06:15 AM
She was not thinking srights
jazzman November 27, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Im sure costing the town thousands of dollars ..what sounds a little bazzar to me....they make great sandwiches there but whos feeding a tip jar,thinking either a donation jar or a couple weeks of tips
Alicia November 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM
People must be hard up to steal a jar like that
BeachBum November 27, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Stay stupid Hopatcong
james November 27, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Stay stupid....... Good one

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