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Teen accused of ‘the lowest’ — stealing tips from popular Macon eatery

A 17-year-old boy stepped inside a Fincher’s Barbecue eatery in southern Bibb County one evening last month and asked to use the phone. Footage from a security camera reportedly later showed that when restaurant workers turned their backs, the teen “reached into the tip jar and placed an unknown amount of cash into his left pocket,” a sheriff’s report of the Oct. 8 episode said. “He performed the act twice before leaving.” Authorities soon figured out who the teen was, but it wasn’t clear if he has since been arrested. The sheriff’s report said the teen made off with $12 in “assorted bills.” An employee at the restaurant at 5627 Houston Road told The Cop Shop that the thievery was “kind of the lowest of the low.”

A landscaper working at the KFC on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard in north Macon the afternoon of Nov. 4 was the victim of a reported theft. While the landscaper was away from his truck, someone stole a $650 Stihl blower. Surveillance footage from the restaurant was said to show someone pull up in a white sedan, get out and grab the blower from the back of the landscaper’s truck.

Dispatches: There was a report of a 24-year-old west Bibb County man “jumping on random cars” and kicking and punching the cars’ windshields in downtown Macon in the predawn hours of Nov. 4. A sheriff’s report said the man damaged the windshield and sun roof of a 2010 Land Rover and that he also damaged the windshield of a 2010 Honda Insight. The vehicles were parked in a lot next to the House of Johnson hair salon on Poplar Street. . . . On Nov. 2, a Macon man told the cops he had been arguing with a woman “about something that happened on Facebook,” a sheriff’s report said. The man, 22, said that later in the day he saw the woman outside his house on Williams Street. She was “crouched by his mother’s GMC Yukon,” the report noted. “Before he could get outside, (she) ran off.” The Yukon’s front-left tire was flat.

Note to midstate law enforcement agencies: Email reports of unusual situations your officers encounter to Telegraph reporter and Cop Shop columnist Joe Kovac Jr. at