By Carol Tannenhauser
“All I have is that someone stole the tip jar,” an NYPD spokesperson told WSR at around 10:45AM on Wednesday. “At 2245 Broadway. Isn’t that Zabar’s?”
The lieutenant went on to say the incident occurred “only 20 minutes ago,” so the police haven’t yet filed their full report.
We’ll update as soon as they do.
Update, 3:32PM — Here is the police report: “The complainant stated that the perpetrator did enter the location at approximately 10:08 AM, June 1, and remove a silver tip jar from the counter containing approximately $35, and fled northbound on Broadway. Two employees from the store immediately followed the perpetrator outside, when he then brandished a knife in front of them and stated, “I will stab you. Don’t follow me.” The perpetrator removed the money from the tip jar, left the jar outside the location, and fled northbound on Broadway.”
An NYPD spokesperson explained that the classification of the crime, for now, is robbery, because the perp menaced and threatened the employees. No description was available.