Man caught on camera stealing tip jar from Desert Hot Springs restaurant

Call 760 341-STOP if have any information

Full surveillance video of tip jar theft at Desert Hot Springs restaurant

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.- - The owner of a restaurant in Desert Hot Springs is asking for the public's help in identifying a man caught on camera stealing the tip jar.

The suspect could be seen on surveillance walking into 'Zapopan Mexican Food' in broad daylight and taking the tip jar. 

Jorge Castañeda, the owner of the restaurant, says that same man asked to use the restroom the night before. He believes the man came around to see how full the tip jar was. Castañeda says the man came back at about 6:30 p.m. the next day, waited for the cashier to turn their back and ran off with the tip money.

Castañeda says he will make sure his tip jar is secure in the future.

"If you have a tip jar on your counter, nail it secure it to your counter so it's not just easy for them to grab it and run.  this is the money that customers kindly leave for the employees and it makes us really mad," Castañeda said.

One employee told KESQ & CBS Local they are saddened by the theft.

"It's something that people gives us for doing a good job so it's sad that someone would come and take that," said Gloria Guzman, an employee of the restaurant.

Castañeda says this is the sixth time this type of theft has happened to them. Customers have rallied around the restaurant, leaving extra tips.

If you have any information about this case call Valley Crimestoppers at 760 341-STOP.  Tips can remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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