Oklahoma Man Charged With Robbing Starbucks After His Wife Was Denied $1.25 Refund
On Sunday, December 18th, Richard Engel entered a Starbucks in Oklahoma City to demand a refund of $1.25 for a drink that his wife had purchased the day before. When the barista refused to give in to his demands, the 61-year-old took money from the coffeehouse’s tip jar while the employees weren’t looking, and left.
According to Fox 13, a customer who witnessed Engel stealing notified one of the baristas, who then rushed outside to get a photo of the thief’s license plate. When Engel realized what was happening, he backed his car into the employee multiple times and sped off.
“He simply rammed into her, did it two or three times, before he finally drove away,” explained M.Sgt. Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Fortunately, the barista was able to snap the photo prior to being struck by the vehicle, and police were able to track Engel down. The suspect was located by Oklahoma City Police at his home in Harrah, Oklahoma, and was arrested and charged with robbery and assault.