BEVINSVILLE — A Beaver man who got caught with his hand not in a cookie jar, but in a restaurant’s tip jar, pleaded guilty to theft Monday.
Jeremiah Vance, 18, pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of theft for the April 13 incident at Fat Daddy’s Pizza.
Fat Daddy’s owner Rob Wright ultimately pressed charges against Vance, after trying numerous times, he said, to resolve the issue outside of court.
After the money in the tip jar was discovered missing, Wright reviewed security footage which showed Vance taking the money from the jar. In all, Vance got away with about $15.
Wright contacted Vance and asked him to simply repay the money and apologize to the waitresses at the restaurant. When Vance didn’t show, Wright contacted him again, at which time he said Vance claimed not to have transportation to the restaurant.
However, a short time later, Wright said he read posts on Facebook by Vance, during which the teen talked about having fun at Hillbilly Days. It was then that Wright decided to contact the County Attorney’s Office and press charges.
“It didn’t seem like a great issue for him, but it is a great issue for employees,” Wright said. “They work hard for their money.”
Vance is scheduled to appear in Floyd District Court, for sentencing.
Wright says that, even now, the money still hasn’t been repaid. However, he said that, one way or another, his employees will get the money they are due.
“If he doesn’t pay it back, I’m going to pay it back,” Wright said. “That’s as fair as I can be.”