OAK PARK, Ill. (CBS) – A 66-year-old Oak Park woman has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing $500 in cash that a customer had dropped on the floor of a donut shop. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, the entire incident was caught on surveillance video.
It happened just before Christmas in a Dunkin Donuts shop in the 7100 block of North Avenue in the western suburb.
Several security cameras were rolling as a local businessman accidently dropped a wad of cash on the floor and fails to notice it.
Moments later, another customer who police identify as Agnes Capello of Oak Park, walks up behind the man and picks up the cash. As the man turns around, the woman appears to conceal what she has, then leaves the store.
Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said, “It doesn’t seem that she wants anyone else to know that she has picked it up.”
Based on the video, Reynolds said, “A reasonable person would conclude that she had the opportunity to return it to its rightful owner.”
Police arrested the woman, a regular customer at the shop, several days later when she returned.
On Wednesday night at her apartment, an unidentified man said Capello was not home and that he did not know when she would return.
Capello is due in court for a hearing on February 7th. She is facing a misdemeanor theft charge, and could escape jail time if she is convicted.