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Woman Charged With Stealing Tip Jar from OC Ice Cream Shop

Posted: 08/15/2017 17:00:00 -04:00 Updated:

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police have identified and charged a woman accused of stealing a tip jar off the front counter of Justine's Ice Cream Parlour.

Mary Muhl, 25, of Ocean City, is being charged by court summons with theft of less than $1,000.

The alleged theft, which was caught on surveillance cameras, shows Muhl taking a few napkins from the dispenser before swiping the jar that had roughly $150 in it.

The power of social media has played a role in this case. Justine's posted the security footage on its Facebook page Sunday morning. It has since been viewed 128,000 times.

Assis Dhal, an employee at the ice cream shop, said that none of the employees or managers recognized Muhl as a customer. They noticed the jar was gone within minutes that it was taken.

"There came a point when nobody was on the register, and that's when it happened. There were a lot of people, but we were closing down everything. It was night time," Dhal said.

Hotel Motel Restaurant Association Director, Susan Jones said that social media is a growing tool that's helping law enforcement nationwide.

"Social media in general is giving the police department so many new tools that they haven't had years ago. So they really can put it out there for all kinds of different audiences," Jones said.

Even people who work in neighboring businesses were surprised by the security footage.

"Some of the people and the behavior that you see down here I mean, people go on vacation and they just leave their morals at home sometimes. And it really bugs you," Peter Livolsi said.

 

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