20-year-old Jessica Shub, a.k.a the “Tip Jar Bandit,” was arrested by the Beverly Hills Police recently. According to reports, several restaurants in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles had been hit by the suspect. She would allegedly walk into the restaurant and, when the employee’s backs were turned, would dip her hand into the tip jar on the counter and take the money.
Among those victimized are Seol Sausage in West LA, Komodo, Slicetruck Pizza, and a few other unnamed restaurants. On the counter tip jars are a relatively common site and a great way for employees of restaurants that don’t provide full service to make a few extra dollars from generous customers. They can also make a difficult to resist target for criminals looking for a few extra dollars. Unfortunately for Shub, the few extra dollars she ended up with didn’t amount to much of a windfall, but it did amount to charges of commercial burglary and $20,000 bail.
Commercial burglary is also known as second-degree burglary, and is described as burglarizing a store, business, or anywhere that isn’t inhabited. Second-degree burglary is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s prior criminal record. If convicted of a misdemeanor, Shub will face a possible sentence of up to 1 year in county jail, a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or informal probation. If convicted on felony charges, she will face a possible sentence of up to 3-years in county jail, formal probation and up to $10,000 in fines.