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Cops: Homeless man arrested in theft of Starbucks tip jar

Robert Pearlman, 39, who is homeless, was arrested

Robert Pearlman, 39, who is homeless, was arrested Thursday morning, May 14, 2015, in West Babylon after he stole $14 from a tip jar at a Starbucks on Montauk Highway, police said. Photo Credit: SCPD

A homeless man was arrested Thursday morning in West Babylon after he stole $14 from a tip jar at a Starbucks on Montauk Highway, police said.

Suffolk County police said an employee chased Robert Pearlman, 39, from the coffee shop -- and then alerted a passing patrolman to the crime.

The officer, Matthew Augustine, then located Pearlman and placed him under arrest.

Pearlman was charged with petit larceny. He faces arraignment at a later date.

The money was recovered.

Police said Pearlman entered the Starbucks about 10:10 a.m., stole the cash from the tip jar -- and ran.

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