Dec. 5, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
A man stole a glass tip jar from Souk El-Shater, the Middle Eastern eatery, on Queens Boulevard over the weekend.
The incident happened at around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, when the suspect entered the locale on 43-03 Queens Blvd. and picked up the tip jar on the counter before walking back out with it, police said.
Mohamad Osman, a 25-year-old employee at his family-owned site, ran around the counter after noticing the jar by the door was missing, seconds after it was stolen, and tried to track the thief down. But the suspect was nowhere to be seen.
In surveillance video, the thief is seen waiting by the door, periodically looking over the counter before gingerly lifting the tip jar to his chest and pacing out of the store. About six customers were inside the eatery at the the time.
The money inside the jar, about $30, would be split between some of the employees at the front and back of the site. Police classified it as a petty larceny.
“It wasn’t a lot of money, but it was for my worker,” Osman said. “And by reporting it, it’s so others can be alert.”
The suspect is unknown, and is seen wearing all dark clothing and a dark blue cap in the video.