Suspect in harpist’s tip theft arrested

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Michael Darranger Kellner, 24, of Idyllwild, was arrested at 6:51 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, on Country Club Drive, on suspicion of a stealing a tip jar from Christian Chalifour, a harpist, performing outside in Strawberry Creek Square on Friday, Sept. 15. Chalifour said in a Facebook post that the tip contained only "$40 or so."

 

The charge is a misdemeanor. However, Kellner was on probation resulting in a revocation of that condition, a felony charge, said Sgt. Duckett of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. He said over a period of four days and with the help of "fine citizens of Idyllwild," investigators were able to locate the suspect and pick him up at a residence.

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