Thief slammed for ‘low-life’ act at Betty's Burgers: 'Grub'

CCTV footage shows the man's brazen act that has sparked a police hunt for the alleged thief.

A thief’s brazen act has enraged locals in Sydney’s east who’ve launched a manhunt to track him down.

In footage captured by a restaurant’s CCTV camera, the man was filmed walking into Betty’s Burgers in Coogee on Tuesday morning at about 11.45am. Calmly, he’s seen approaching the front counter before picking up the tip jar and walking straight back out the door.

“Thief caught in action today,” a woman wrote alongside the clip posted to social media yesterday. “He stole the staff tip jar which contained about $100. What a low life. Betty’s staff are hard working teenagers. No one deserves this. PM [personal message] if you have seen or know this grub.”

The man picking up the Betty's Burgers tip jar (left) and the man putting it in his pocket (right).
The man was pictured pinching the tip jar from Betty's Burgers in Coogee in Sydney's east on Tuesday. Source: Nextdoor

Police call on public to help catch alleged thief

Locals in Coogee were quick to slam the act as “horrible”.

“First call should be the police, what a grub,” one person wrote on neighbourhood networking site Nextdoor. “Such a low life,” said a second.

“Regardless of age, the tips are for staff!” another commented. “Sad, but I’m sure the jar will now be chained,” added someone else.

“Post a still image on Facebook,” said another. “Someone will know this gronk.”

Eastern Beaches Police have since launched an investigation into the theft of the tip jar, which is described as a large milkshake cup.

They’ve released an image of the man and are appealing for public assistance to help find him.

“The man is described as European in appearance, approximately 40-50 years old, 170cm tall, stocky build with a distinct grey bear and black moustache,” police said.

“[He was] wearing a blue/white trucker cap, sunglasses with purple reflective lenses, black T-shirt, blue jean shorts, black backpack and white shoes.”

Anyone who may have information which might assist police is urged to contact Maroubra Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00.

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