BEVERLY HILLS—Allegedly snagging quick cash from unsuspecting restaurant workers across the westside, the 20-year-old “Tip Jar Bandit” was arrested on February 12.
Beverly Hills police responded to the 9600 block of Brighton Way after receiving a call from a witness who was following a woman they believed had stolen money from the tip jar of nearby Brighton Coffee.
Jessica Mary Shub was arrested minutes later near the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way.
An earlier investigation had already connected Shub to a series of tip jar robberies dating back to January 2014. According to law enforcement officials, Shub had been identified as a suspect as early as January 20, after she was allegedly pictured on surveillance footage robbing a number of restaurants.
Police were unable to arrest Shub while waiting for a court approved warrant to take her into custody. Because of the low-profile nature of the robberies, the acquisition of the arrest warrant was a lengthy process.
Shub, a Beverly Hills resident, has been charged with five misdemeanor counts of petty theft and one misdemeanor count of attempted petty theft, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. She pled not guilty in court on Tuesday, February 17 to the charges, and is expected back in court on February 25.
The suspect stole from five Beverly Hills merchants, including a pizzeria, coffee shop and ice cream parlor over the past three months. If convicted of all charges, Shub could spend a maximum of 33 months in county jail. She is currently being held on $20,000 bail for charges of commercial burglary. The case is still under investigation by the Beverly Hills Police Department.