Morro Bay police nab alleged Giovanni’s tip jar thief

July 19, 2021

Brittany Renee Doyle


A woman from Tulare County allegedly stole the tip jar from Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay on Thursday, leading to a trio of arrests on Saturday.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, the woman exited a vehicle at 1001 Front Street and stole the tip jar from the service window at Giovanni’s before running northbound on the Embarcadero to a vehicle that was waiting for her. Giovanni’s shared surveillance footage of the woman, later identified as 21-year-old Brittany Renee Doyle, running off with the tip jar.

An image of the vehicle was also shared on social media, according to the Morro Bay Police Department.

Then on Saturday, a citizen who had seen a social media post about the theft spotted the suspects’ vehicle at the El Chorlito Restaurant in San Simeon. Morro Bay officers arrived to find four individuals, including Doyle, all from Tulare County.

Doyle and Devon Louis Young, 23, fled by foot onto the beach. Following a short foot pursuit, officers caught them.

While fleeing, one of the suspects tried to discard narcotics and paraphernalia into the ocean. Officers located and seized the drugs and paraphernalia.

Investigators found the stolen tip jar inside the suspects’ vehicle, according to police.

Officers arrested Doyle, Young and Brian Moscrop, 42 and booked them in the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Officers let the fourth person go.

Doyle was charged with theft, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers charged Young with resisting arrest, parolee at large, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moscrop was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Young remains in jail with his bail set at $50,000. Doyle and Moscrop are no longer in custody.

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The city of Morro Bay must begin talks on increasing the size of their police Dept and upgrading their assets…if you are going to welcome the entire state to come here on vacation then you had better provide enough protection for your citizens and businesses….

Let’s no to cast rocks of the looks and charter of this woman… But celebrate and rejoice the power of our good citizen people relaying social media postings of location of these low life people. Awesome Work People!

Since when and why should we not judge the character of a THIEF?

Wow, the levels people will stoop to – so sad! There probably wasn’t even much in there, but for a druggie to get a fix, all they need is $10-20.

I cannot believe this woman is only 21 years old. If I had to guess, I would have said she was in her 50s. Yikes!

Just another reason to close 46 East.

Those people using Highway 46 East, tourists, visitors from the valley, sustain the economy of Morro Bay. They also contribute to the economy of the County as a whole but Morro Bay, Pismo, and Cayucos in particular. In other words, be careful what you wish for in terms of broad sweeping characterization of Valley folks.

Hooray, now If only north Morro Bay crimes could get as much attention from the police as Giovanni‘s.

Valley trash. Don’t get me wrong, there are mostly nice, law abiding people in the valley.

These “people” aren’t them.

The ONLY reason she’s in jail is because of the drugs.

It’s not illegal to steal in this state, which is why police normally don’t even respond to shoplifting calls.

San Francisco is paying the price for allowing thieves to have their way. Stores are closing early or leaving the city altogether due the the high rate of shoplifting.

That is a rough-looking 21, I thought for sure mid 40’s.

Yes. Evidently one can negatively comment on age and appearance but not their projected gender. That crosses some kind of line. I am sure Brittany is all kinds of pleasant.