Whitt’s Barbecue employee Jason Hipps, who claimed to be a robbery victim, turned out to be a thief and a liar.
Hipps, 35, called police at 9:35 a.m. today and reported that as he was preparing to open the 1800 Antioch Pike restaurant, two men showed up at the back door armed with a baseball bat and robbed the business. He claimed the robbers wore gloves and fled with the money into a nearby woodline.
A police canine team and a helicopter, along with South Precinct officers and detectives responded to the restaurant. After further investigation and speaking with restaurant management, Hipps was confronted with doubts about his story. He then admitted that there was no robbery, and that he took nearly $1,700 from the restaurant. The cash was recovered from his car.
Hipps, of Portland, Tennessee, was arrested on charges of felony theft and making a false report to police. He is jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond.