Cops stop coffee shop thief

Auburn man goes to jail over $24.74 in tips
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A 19-year-old Auburn man tried to take something from an Auburn coffee shop that wasn’t on the to go menu. Shayn Clinton Haines was arrested Thursday morning after two Placer Sheriff’s sergeants saw the teen run up to the drive-thru window and steal the tip jar and run from a Starbucks located off Highway 49 in Auburn. As a driver honked their horn at the tip thief, Sgt. Troy Minton-Sander ran after Haines on foot while Sgt. Ed Clark jumped into his patrol car and followed behind, according to Placer Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Whigam. Both sergeants caught up to Haines behind a nearby Rite Aid. Haines then reportedly held the tip jar up in his hands and laid on the ground, Whigam said. “Crooks should know not to steal from donut shops or coffee places,” Whigam joked. Starbucks barista Heidi Dart said the staff was happy that law enforcement authorities were able to catch Haines. Dart said their jar was stolen earlier this year on St. Patrick’s Day and the suspect escaped. “I think it’s fantastic,” Dart said. “I’m so glad that they were here.” Haines was booked into Placer County Jail on a charge of petty theft for stealing $24.74 in tips. Haines remained in custody Thursday on $1,500 bail. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment.