BEVINSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County teenager faces charges after authorities say he was caught red handed stealing money from a restaurant tip jar.
Robbie Wright, owner of Fat Daddy's Diner in Bevinsville, says it was a normal Sunday afternoon, April 13th, when employees noticed the money in the tip jar was gone.
That is when Wright checked the security tapes.
"I found this guy reaching his left arm, taking the virtual cookie money out of the cookie jar," he said.
Wright says the man made off with a 'measly' 15 bucks.
"I'm not saying measly lightly. That's a lot of money to these girls that work hard here, but as far as the punishment that he's going to get for that 15 dollars it's measly in comparison to what he's going to get."
Wright says what's most odd about this theft is that there's a great big sign right next to the door, warning people that they're on camera.
"Either he didn't believe that I really had cameras or he just really didn't care."
Floyd County Sheriff's Deputies identify the man as 18-year-old Jeremiah Vance.
"I've actually spoke to him. He called me today from jail and he apologized and he said he will bring the money back. I believe he's really sorry for what he's done," Wright said.
Wright says he wishes Vance could have brought the money back before the law became involved.
Vance is charged with theft by unlawful taking, as well as an unrelated charge of burglary.