A woman suspected of snatching a tip jar and helping herself to food at a Hemet eatery, then thrusting an employee aside when the teenager tried to stop her, was being held Wednesday in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Rechelle Marie Williams, 33, of Moreno Valley was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of multiple acts of felony burglary.
According to Hemet police Lt. Michael Arellano, the alleged theft and confrontation occurred on the afternoon of May 26 at the Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop at 719 S. Sanderson Ave.
Arellano alleged that Williams walked into the restaurant and grabbed edibles from the counter, as well as swiped the tip jar, and then headed for the door.
Several employees, one of whom was a teen, tried to prevent the suspect from leaving, at which point Williams “assaulted the juvenile,” the lieutenant alleged.
The youth, whose name was withheld, was not injured.
By the time patrol officers reached the location minutes later, there was no sign of the suspect, according to Arellano. He said detectives gathered evidence at the scene that ultimately pointed to Williams as the alleged perpetrator.
She was spotted driving in the 800 block of State Street about 5 p.m. Tuesday and was pulled over and arrested, according to Arellano.
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