Suspect in stolen tip jar incident arrested

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A citizen tip lead to the arrest of this individual this afternoon, after he was spotted walking in the 200 block of South Kansas Ave. He has been identified as Christopher Barker, age 22 of Topeka. Barker was taken into custody without incident and was booked into DOC on felony theft charges.


Last Thursday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., an unknown male suspect, described as a black male, approximately 6’0” and 180 pounds, came into the Las Fuentas Restaurant at 3656 S. Topeka Blvd, stole the tip jar and then fled the area on foot.

The suspect spoke Spanish to the restaurant staff before he fled the scene of the crime. The suspect had his hair in dread locks or braids.

This case is currently under investigation, and police are seeking help from the public to identify the suspect in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 368-9400, or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.


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