Dover man arrested for trying to steal pizzeria tip jar

Titus Rodriquez

DOVER — Restaurant employees detained a 36-year-old Dover man after he allegedly tried to steal a tip jar from a restaurant on Saturday.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said the investigation began at approximately 8:45 p.m. after a male suspect entered the Pizzeria and Taqueria Porta Bella restaurant located at 1618 South Governors Avenue, Rodney Village Shopping Center, Dover.

The suspect approached the front register and reached his hand around the counter to grab the tip jar while the employees were busy, police said.

As the suspect attempted to flee from the restaurant with the jar, he was confronted by the employees. A struggle ensued with the suspect and he was restrained by the employees until troopers arrived, police said.

The money was recovered and no injuries were reported by the employees. It was also determined through investigative measures that this same man was the one who attempted to steal the tip jar on Nov. 14.

Titus A. Rodriguez of Dover was arrested and taken into custody.

He was charged by the Delaware State Police with attempted robbery 2nd degree and attempted to commit theft. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Magistrate Court 7 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $4,000 secured bond. He also had an active capias for failure to appear on another robbery case investigated by the Dover Police Department with a $5,0000 cash bond.

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