LI Tip Jar Bandit Arrested; Stole Money To Fund Drug Habit


Police have arrested a Long Island man who stole numerous tips and donation jars from businesses to support his drug habit.

Lawrence Reilly, 47, of Hanrahan Avenue in Farmingville, was arrested Sunday when an investigation revealed that Reilly entered businesses, placed an order for food and when the employees stepped away to process orders, walked out with the jars.

Reilly stole a 9/11 First Responders charity fund jar from a 7-Eleven on North Ocean Avenue in Farmingville, and tip jars from a Quiznos on Route 112 in Medford and China 4 Restaurant on Main Street in Holbrook..

He was charged with three counts of petit larcency and will be arraigned June 27th in Central Islip.