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Man accused of stealing breast cancer awareness donations, tip jar

BRANDON — A 23-year-old man accused of stealing a breast cancer awareness donation jar was arrested Thursday after he tried to steal another restaurant's tip jar, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

At about 9:45 p.m., Lawrence Anthony Pino Jr. stole the tip jar off the front counter at a Tijuana Flats restaurant at 11007 Causeway Boulevard, according to the Sheriff's Office.

An employee recognized the man from previous media reports and he followed Pino across Causeway Boulevard until deputies arrived and arrested him.

Deputies say Pino stole the breast cancer awareness donation jar from Jersey Mike's Subs, 10951 Causeway Boulevard, at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Surveillance video from inside the shop showed a man stealing the jar from near the cash registers. The media aired the video.

Pino admitted taking the donation jar and then throwing it into a wooded area, according to the Sheriff's Office. He faces two felony petit theft charges and was being held Friday morning in Hillsborough County jail on $4,000 bail.

Man accused of stealing breast cancer awareness donations, tip jar 10/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:09pm]

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