A St. Johnsbury man was caught with his hands on the Dunkin Donuts tip jar, again. St. Johnsbury Police were alerted on Wednesday to the theft of the canister used to collect tips for servers at the Railroad Street business. It’s the second time the tip container was taken, and police say the guy arrested Wednesday is responsible for both crimes. Nicolas Balch, 41, of St. Johnsbury, was taken into custody on Wednesday evening, and according to a report by Officer Davis Guyer, Balch admitted that he stole the container on Wednesday and also on Jan. 3, when a window was smashed after business hours to gain entry into the Dunkin Donuts. In the case of the Wednesday theft, Balch reportedly walked into the restaurant during business hours, grabbed the container and walked out the door. It resulted in a petty larceny charge. With the Jan. 3 incident, Balch is charged with burglary, unlawful mischief and petit larceny. The larceny charge is for the alleged taking of the tips; the other charges relate to the break in. Det. Sgt. Lester Cleary had been investigating the Jan. 3 break-in. He had released to the public images taken from Dunkin surveillance cameras that showed a man at the counter holding the tip container. He stated that it was public assistance that was helpful in connecting Balch to the Jan. 3 crime.
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