OMAHA (kptm) - When you leave a tip you expect it to benefit those serving you. Now police need your tips to help recover tips thieves took from a local restaurant. Employees of a hibachi grill say they took a hit in pay because of the theft.
Thursday afternoon two people walk into the Yummy Super Buffet off 65th and Ames. Surveillance video shows the two walk to the back of the restaurant and take money out of the hibachi grill tip jar. "It was like two or three seconds, he grabs the money and goes away and leaves the container in front of me laying," manager Ada Yuan says.
The tip jar was sitting right next to the grill. They walked up and took the money, leaving the container empty.
"My understanding was there was a substantial amount of tips that were in there that were meant for the cook that is at the restaurant, then they both fled on foot," Officer James Shade says.
Now police are searching for the two responsible. "I put the tip jar there and he grabbed it, now he goes, you see him put it in his pocket," Yuan says.
The manager says the chef working the grill that afternoon went home nearly empty handed; short more than a hundred dollars. Yuan says she's stunned. "I mean surprised also and never think about it because since we opened it's never happened," Yuan says.
She urges the two responsible to confess and asks anyone with information to come forward.
If you recognize the two, contact Crime Stoppers. There's four ways to submit a tip. You can call 402-444-stop. Log on to omahacrimestoppers.net. There's also a mobile app you can download called "Tip Submit" or you can text them OPD and the tip at CRIMES.
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