Alleged tip thief escapes from police car

January 4, 2015
Robert Aguilar

Robert Aguilar

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.



  1. Slowerfaster says:

    This scofflaw and apparent career criminal is rather fortunate that he’s not a black teenager.

  2. Citizen says:

    From KCLU A Bay Area man arrested following a theft from a Central Coast store was rearrested after he escaped from custody.

    ” Police say they discovered he had some of the tip money, and was also wanted on a felony warrant from Santa Clara County, and arrested him.”

    At least he wasn’t another transient.

    • Citizen says:

      To the people who Disliked my information. Why wouldn’t you want to know that the person arrested is not a transient. We have had two recent crimes committed by transients, seemingly a growing problem, but this crime was committed by someone who is not a transient but has a home outside the county. Please tell me why you don’t like knowing this.

      Would you prefer to blame SLO street crime on transients when they are not involved? I was relieved to find out that he was not a transient, meaning that the transient problem was not escalating as fast as it seemed to be.

      • SloTownMan says:

        The article didn’t say he wasn’t a transient or not, just that he WAS from the Bay Area.

      • achillesheal says:

        52 year old men with jobs don’t steal tip jars from Kreuzberg coffee shop in broad daylight. My money’s on “transient”.

        • Slowerfaster says:

          The biggest thieves in this nation wear three-piece Italian suits and get chuaffered around in limousines.

          • achillesheal says:

            True..and they are referred to as Senator, Congressman, President, First Lady, and Vice President.

            • zaphod says:

              the Reagan administration has the unsurpassed record for criminal indictments when President Ford pardoned Nixon for all his crimes some of them we haven’t learned about yet

            • Slowerfaster says:

              The only First Lady I’m aware of that could have been indictable was Mrs. Harding, who poisoned and murdered her straying husband, the president.

  3. willieslo says:

    He must have had a lot of practice and little tricks to slip out of cuffs.
    What is he doing with a firearm!
    Good job SLOPD, you deserve the pay you get and God willing the benefits you will get later.

    To one SLOPD
    About a year ago, a very good young man I know just out of middle school attended SLOHS.
    Rode his bicycle on the sidewalk temporary because too many cars in the street, he was cited. He never attended a Bicycle Safety course. A warning would have suffice! CS!

    To one CHP about one year ago. A Therapist I know inadvertently had to take one additional child to take home expectantly from an event and had to double seat two child on one belt, he was cited for improper seat belt ($1000 fine) with only short local distance to go. The alternative was to leave the child alone and come back to her. It happens when dealing with kids irresponsible communication. My friend is the sold provider to his spouse and 3 children and not well to do.
    Simply this FU for being a a highway cop. CS!
    These are the situations where I and members of the public hope …

  4. LameCommenter says:

    San Luis Obispo’s public safety uniformed finest. Can’t even cuff a suspect. Then they rough the guy up for (reading between the blue lines here) the escape.

    One finds it hard to remain a lifetime LE supporter with all the crap and misfeasance that goes on around here. And if they DO catch a felony theft perp, you’d better read the arrest reports because even when he’s fenced your property, you won’t get a call so you can be on the court restitution list. You’ll find out 6 months too late that the guy copped to your burglary and others, but nobody in SLO LE or DA notified you, and by not being timely, you get nothing from the perp’s wealthy family that compensated others.

    Yep, hard to remain an LE supporter in this region.

    (Spare the crap about “you’ll wish for them when you need them.” We call them when our entire family is rousted ON PURPOSE from sleep and bed at 0-dark 30 am, and they say they can’t do anything about it.)

  5. Pelican1 says:

    Someone should have “tipped” the cop that was trying to escape.

  6. Rich in MB says:

    Another Pot Head arrested….wait a second….I thought Potheads were just peaceful loving members of Society…it must be true….I heard it on the Dave KVEC Show….what’s up?

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