St. Johns Police Searching For Cracker Barrel Wallet Thief | News
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who took the wallet of a 70-year-old man at a Cracker Barrel on State Road 16.
The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon when the suspect, who was wearing an orange and peach paisley suit, bumped into the victim in the men's bathroom.
The suspect then took the wallet out of the victim's shorts pocket and when the victim tried to say something, the suspect flashed a gold badge that looked like a police shield, the report from the Sheriff's Office said.
The victim tried to chase him out of the bathroom, but lost him in the crowd in the retail store area of the restaurant. Several other customers then tried to stop the suspect.
They chased him as he jumped in and then out of a late '90s truck and down the access road toward neighboring Ruby Tuesday. One of the customers asked him to "just take the money and drop the man's wallet."
The suspect then dropped a wallet and his tie, so the customer stopped chasing him because he thought it was the victim's wallet. The suspect then took off running east down State Road 16 toward the I-95 underpass.
Before the robbery, the suspect, who police describe as a light- to medium-skinned black man with brown spots on his face in his late 40s or 50s weighing about 180 lbs., identified himself as "Lieutenant Tinsley," flashed his gold badge and demanded to be seated before other customers.
The hostess said he and another man that was with him would have to wait their turn.
The other man said the suspect was a "lieutenant with a gold shield, and they should show him more respect because he had earned it," the police report said.
The suspect faces charges of larceny, robbery and fraud. The victim's wallet contained his driver's license, two credit cards and $120 cash, according to the report.