ST. PETERSBURG — The man with the knife had already stolen $125 from the cash register at Subway on Monday night, according to police, when he reached into the tip jar.
That was too much for the sandwich shop's two employees.
"They complained," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz. "He apologized."
The alleged robber, Robert Allen Walker, 47, told the employees that he has lung cancer and was taking care of a child, according to police. Officers could not corroborate his story.
Then the robber returned the money he took from the tip jar at the Subway at 308 Third St. S.
But he did not return the contents of the store's cash drawer, police said. He fled at about 10:15 p.m., but he didn't get far. Walker was arrested three hours later by University of South Florida police officers who spotted him near the St. Petersburg campus at Fifth Avenue S and Second Street.
Officers said they found the cash on Walker, but not the knife. Walker, who was listed by police as a transient, was arrested on a charge of robbery with a weapon. He was being held in the Pinellas County jail on Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.