Woman Stole Restaurant Tip Jar: Cops

Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 12:08 PM EDT
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Westport police have arrested a Fairfield woman who is accused of stealing a tip jar from a restaurant, while she was out with two young children, then stealing money from another tip jar to pay for her order.

Police said Stacy Flanagan, 44, of High Meadow Road in Southport, is accused of stealing the tips on Dec. 31. The Fairfield assesor's database puts the appraised value of Flanagan's home at almost $1.2 million.

She stole a tip jar from the counter, then, while the cashier was distracted, she stole money from a different tip jar to pay for her order, police said.

Police released surveillance video to local media and Westport police received an anonymous tip that led them to identify the suspect as Flanagan, who later admitted to taking the money, police said.

She surrendering herself at Westport police headquarters on an outstanding warrant

On Friday, Flanagan turned herself in at police headquarters. 
She has been charged with two counts of risk of injury and sixth-degree larceny.

She was released after posting $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. on March 3.

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