Alleged tip thief escapes from police car
January 4, 2015
A man arrested for stealing a tip jar in downtown San Luis Obispo was able to wriggle out of his handcuffs and escape from police on Saturday night.
Robert Aguilar, 52, was picked up on Saturday for allegedly stealing a tip jar on Friday. The officer handcuffed Aguilar, placed him in the back of his patrol car and went to return some of the stolen tip money to a nearby business.
When the officer arrived back at his patrol car, Aguilar was gone. The suspect had slipped out of his cuffs, squeezed his arms through the safety bars and let himself out.
Aguilar then fled into the creek to escape. After a fight with police he was again arrested.
Officers booked Aguilar into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, marijuana possession and felony resisting arrest.