Jerome C. Pinkus, 62, of Denver, Colorado (inset) was charged with stealing from Cakes by Bella, located at 19 North Ayer Street in Harvard. | Background Photo: Google Street View

A Colorado man was arrested after police say he stole a tip jar at a business in Harvard and was caught in a stolen vehicle fleeing the scene.

The Harvard Police Department responded around 8 a.m. on December 15 to Cakes by Bella, 19 North Ayer Street in Harvard.

Harvard Deputy Police Chief Tyson Bauman said officers received a call that an unknown person had taken the tip jar that contained cash and fled the area.

The tip jar contained $3.45, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court.

Officers located the suspect driving in a vehicle in the 1200 block of South Division Street in Harvard.

The driver, Jerome C. Pinkus, 62, of the 2300 block of Curtis Street in Denver, Colorado, was arrested by officers.

Officers learned the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan he was driving had previously been reported stolen in Libertyville, the criminal complaint and police said.

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Pinkus was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony.

Pinkus was transported to the McHenry County Jail where he was released after posting 10% of his $10,000 bond.