CHICAGO, May 9 (UPI) -- The manager of a Chicago deli recognized a customer as the thief who stole a charity jar several days prior and called police while filling his order.
Jackie Becker was working at Pop's Italian Beef when Robert Johnston, 22, came in an ordered a meatball sandwich and mozzarella sticks. She instantly recognized him from a mug shot police showed her of the suspect in a May 1 theft at the same store, the Chicago Daily Southtown reported.
"I was just starting my shift, and he was standing right in front of me," Becker said of Johnston, who allegedly threw a brick through the store's window May 1 and stole a jar containing $6 worth of change collected by a parochial school to send care packages to U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Police promptly arrived and arrested Johnston, who was on probation for stealing a 60-year-old woman's purse.