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Man allegedly steals Starbucks tip jar, strikes a customer

Man allegedly steals Starbucks tip jar, strikes a customer
Police in Huntington Beach arrested a 26-year-old man accused of stealing a tip jar from a Starbucks, then assaulting another customer who confronted him about the theft. (Los Angeles Times)

A 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly stole a tip jar from a Huntington Beach Starbucks, then assaulted another customer who trailed him as he fled the coffee shop, police said Sunday.

About 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Francisco Cardenas of Santa Ana grabbed the tip jar at a Starbucks near the intersection of Adams Avenue and Brookhurst Street, according to Huntington Beach police.

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Outside the coffee shop, another patron confronted Cardenas about the alleged theft. Cardenas then picked up a 40-pound metal sign, struck the patron in the head and fled on a bicycle, police said.

The patron who confronted Cardenas was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers located Cardenas about a mile away in Fountain Valley. He was arrested on suspicion of theft and assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $25,000 bail, according to jail records.

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