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5/31/2012 9:50:00 PM
Man caught with tip jar at courthouse plaza concert cited for theft
The Daily Courier


A Prescott man who allegedly stole a tip jar Sunday during a concert on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza was cited and released on a charge of misdemeanor theft.

Just before 3 p.m., an officer answered a call about a theft in progress and found the man being held to the ground by another man at the southeast corner of Montezuma and Goodwin streets. The officer put the suspect in the rear seat of his patrol car, then interviewed people at the scene, according to the police report.

A member of the band told the officer that while the band was playing, the man stole the tip jar and ran. The band member and several people followed the suspect until another man tackled him to the ground.

The officer returned the tip jar containing $98 to the band member and took the suspect back to the police station.

The suspect allegedly told the officer that he had recently been kicked out of a halfway house, had no money, and wanted to buy some tobacco.

The suspect's name and booking photo are not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people who are charged with misdemeanors.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Article comment by: Is Permit Required

Just Wondering... Is it legal for musical groups to assemble and play for tips without a permit from the city or the county?

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: the wino

"STUPID IS--AS STUPID DOES"
forrest gump.
once a thief--always a thief!
HALF-WAY HOUSE? TOBACCO? are you kidding me?
lock this (person) UP-PERIOD!


Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: joel rifkin

I dont see what the problem was, he got the tip just to see what it was like then did the right thing and gave it back. I think you are all being a little harsh without knowing the whole story

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: Retired PPD

I've been told by members of the local police departments that there are owner 90 halfway/recovery homes in the Prescott down town area. Makes one feel secure knowing this, doesn't it!

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: Hey Jennifer G

I'm not sayin your wrong but can you back up what you stated... that most of the halfway house tenants are from "mayberry" --- I'm just not sure I guess.. maybe you could be right or maybe you could be wrong. please support your statement because it seems to me much of our bad eggs come up from phoenix in the Hot summer months looking for cooler weather. So please correct me if I'm wrong with all due respect - much appreciated.

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: Jennifer g

Not all people living in halfway houses are from out of town. Actually most of them are homegrown here on "mayberry" . There was not a whole lot to do back 10 to 20 years ago in the town so most did the wrong things for fun. Also not all people drop put of halfway houses they help a whole lot of people without them there would be even more homeless people and people commiting crimes.

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: A friend

They say give honor where honor is due. It was a woman named Sheri that saw the money rolling into the street, ran and grabbed it and returned it to the band. Way to go Sheri!!

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: makes sense

Guess that's what happens when you make tobacco so hard to steal.
So, a homeless man just walks? Not that we can afford to house him in jail, but the chances of him showing up in court are slim to none. Gee, I hope he didn't get a bump on the head when he got caught. That might have taught him a lesson, we wouldn't want that.


Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: Come on

Come on.... You don't need a picture of the suspect to be safer. That's like saying you need to always carry your gun around to protect yourself from all those 'bad people' out there. If you really wanna be safe, just build yourself a bullet proof bubble to live in.

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: excuse me if i yell...

TIME TO GET RID OF THESE RECOVERY HOUSES!!! Our town is flush with these (people) bailing out of half way houses. They have made Prescott more dangerous at night than the worst slums in Phoenix. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH- CLOSE THEM ALL DOWN! SEND THEM BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM!

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: Just Say It

Who was this thief? Where is he from? We need some of this info to be safe ourselves...A pic would be incredibly helpful to citizens and businesses to watch out for.

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Maybe he didn't like the music?



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