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Struthers man accused of stealing tip from Sunrise Inn

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WARREN, Ohio -

Social media and distinctive clothing helped lead Warren police to a man suspected of stealing a waitresses' tip at the Sunrise Inn.

The investigation began Sunday after a picture posted on social media showed a man taking a $10 tip meant for a server at the Sunrise Inn on East Market Street. The suspect in the picture was wearing a t-shirt that had a picture of a clown face on the front.

On Monday morning, a Warren Police Officer patrolling Warren Boulevard SE spotted a man who was wearing a t-shirt with the image of a clown, as well as other clothing similar to that of the suspect.

Police talked to the man, identified as 28-year-old Dennis Hays of Struthers.

According to the police report, Hays denied ever being at the Sunrise Inn until the officer showed him the picture from social media.

Hays then said he was in the restaurant only to use the restroom. When the officer said there is a video of Hays taking the tip from a table, police said he confessed to taking the money.

Police said a search of Hays turned up a crack pipe and seven rounds of ammunition.

Hays was booked into the Trumbull County Jail on charges of petty theft and possessing drug paraphernalia.

After pleading not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday, Hays was released on bond.

His next hearing is scheduled for June 25.

After learning of the arrest, the Sunrise Inn posted a Facebook message thanking the police.

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