Christopher McPhee

Sep 5, 2016 9:35 PM

Arrest made in Gilley's of Portsmouth tip theft

PORTSMOUTH- Portsmouth police say that a man wanted in the theft of a tip jar at a city restaurant has turned himself in.

Christopher McPhee, 21, of 67 Oak Street, Dover turned himself in Monday evening and was charged with one count of theft after allegedly took $60.00 worth of tips on August 28 from a jar on the counter at Gilley's PM Lunch at 175 Fleet Street.

Police posted video on their Facebook page on September 3 from the popular eatery's security system showing a man taking a hamburger on a plate with his left hand and taking something out of a container on the counter with his right hand. The posting resulted in "extensive telephone, email and Seacoast Crime Stopper tips," according to Sgt. Kuffer R. Kaltenborn Monday. "This assistance allowed the investigation to focus on a single suspect who was quickly positively identified and interviewed."

McPhee's bail was set at $500 personal recognizance. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 8 a.m. on September 24 in 10th Circuit Court, Portsmouth.

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