Police: Man stole money from restaurant employees

Man arrested after he was caught stealing tips

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Melbourne police said they arrested a man after he stole money from a woman's purse at Sonic Restaurant and tips meant for a server at Hooters on Friday.

Police said they were called to the Sonic Restauraunt at 555 South Babcock St. in Melbourne after a worker reported $2000 missing from her purse.

Police said the victim, an employee at the Sonic, told the officers a man walked into the employee only area and asked a question about lost luggage. 

Police said the employee tried to help the man with no success, and then as he was leaving he stole the employee's purse. 

Police said the distraught victim stated the money was her savings that she was going to use to purchase her first car. 

Police immediately began to search the area for the suspect.

Minutes later, officers received a call from the Hooters Restaurant located at 877 S. Babcock St. in reference to a patron who stole a waitress's tip money, police said.

Officers responded and found the suspect, 43-year-old Jeffery Carnrite, police said/

Police said Carnite stole the tips other patrons left on the tables for the waitresses. 

Based on the numerous witness statements Carnrite was arrested, police said. 

Police said Carnrite matched the description of the suspect in the Sonic theft and the victim identified him.

Police said Carnrite had all the money from the Hooters incident and the Sonic incident hidden in his sock.
Carnrite was arrested for the two thefts and Carnrite began to violently fight with the officers and attempted to break out the windows on a Melbourne Police Vehicle, police said.

Carnrite attempted to bend back the fingers of one of the officers in an apparent attempt to break them, police said.

Carnrite was taken to the Brevard County Jail.

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