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Police helicopter chases trio accused of stealing from Starbucks tip jar

Starbux Police arrested three people Thursday afternoon after a chase involving a police helicopter, which started when the suspects allegedly stole money from a tip jar at a local Starbucks, authorities said.

Officers arrested the two men and a male juvenile on Costa Mesa's west side. Police first responded to a call about three men stealing tip money from the Starbucks at 250 E. 17th St., and then discovered that the suspects were fleeing the scene in a stolen car, said Sgt. Jeff Van Es, an Airborne Law Enforcement pilot with the Santa Ana Police Department.

The call about the stolen tip money came in about 12:20 p.m., and authorities learned that the car had been stolen in San Bernardino, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Bryan Glass.

Two of the suspects posed as decoys while the third made off with the tip money.

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Map shows location of where a a trio is accused of stealing money from the tip jar at a Starbuck's in Costa Mesa. Source: Google Maps

 
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