Suspected Starbucks Tip Jar Bandit Arrested

Coffee caper began last month when five stores were hit within three days

Friday, Dec 10, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 PM CDT
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A Chicago man has been charged with misdemeanor theft in connection with the disappearance of several tip jars from Starbucks stores in the Northwest Suburbs.

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A Chicago man has been charged with misdemeanor theft in connection with the disappearance of several tip jars from Starbucks stores in the Northwest Suburbs.

Christopher Sheehan, 32, turned himself into Winnetka police earlier this week, TribLocal reported.

His arrest came one month after five coffee shops -- in Buffalo Grove, Wilmette, Northbrook and Winnetka -- were hit within three days of each other.

A clerk at one of the stores recorded the robber's license plate as he drove away from one of the heists, and police were able to use that information to contact Sheehan and convince him to turn himself in.

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