Gabrielle Canales, 18, who in August was filmed lifting cash out of her Uber driver’s tip jar
Canales, aka ‘Gabita’ on social media, was identified on Tuesday from footage of her stealing cash from driver Mohammed H. Bhuiyan’s tip jar went viral
Bhuiyan who filmed the incident on an in-car camera, reported theft to Uber, but didn’t follow up on the advice to file a report with police
Canales had her Uber app deactivated and is now barred from the service
Uber Tip jar thief Gabrielle Canales posts on social media
Later same day, Canales posed in a chair inside a house in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The footage went viral on Tuesday after reappearing online but Canales was remorseless and appeared to revel in her newfound infamy.
She shared screenshots of news articles about it on Instagram and Snapchat and said she ‘only’ took $5 from the that which she claims to have returned later.
Before getting into his car, she posed in her underwear in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for two Instagram pictures. The young girl is believed to have grown up in Central Islip, New York.
Light fingers: Gabrielle Canales,was filmed stealing tips from an Uber driver in a shocking viral video . She posted this photo among a series she uploaded on the same day as the theft
Hand in the cookie jar: Unrepentant Canales makes light of the crime by sharing memes on social media including this one
On Tuesday, Canales tried to make light of the crime by sharing memes on social media including one with her hand in the cookie jar. Another showed her still wearing the mustard-colored skirt she had on in the Uber.
Canales was filmed coyly glancing towards the driver’s camera before making off with the money in August. By the time he realized it was gone, she and her two friends had left the car.
Her two friends in the car seemed unaware of her plot and did not respond as she snatched the money before getting out.
On the same day, the boy in their group however taunted police by sitting in front of a line-up of cops sitting on a locked-up bicycle. He captioned the image: ‘Who’s bike?’ [sic].
According to Mohammed H. Bhuiyan’, the affected driver, Uber dropped the matter when they contacted Canales and she denied ever stealing the money.
They told him take the matter to police if he wanted to pursue it further but the man says he was too busy.
Uber has since contacted him again to offer him more support and have banned Canales from using the app.
Despite her denials to Uber, Canales joked about posting selfies on the same day as the theft and took pleasure in correcting social media commentators who flooded her page with criticism\
More underwear selfies from the tip jar thief on the day
Gabita ‘Fagin’ Canales denied her crime when Uber called her to address the issue. Tuesday posted an online an admittance of the theft, which claims amounted to only $5. She has returned the stolen money to the Uber driver, she claimed.
Canales is reortedly an avid social media user who regularly shares photographs of herself wearing few clothes and drinking alcoholic drinks from the bottle
‘What’s been shown has no place on our app and the rider’s access to the app has been removed,’ a spokesman for Uber said.
On the same day, the sole male member of the Uber riding trio shared this photograph sitting on a locked-up bicycle in front of three NYPD officers, that he captioned ‘Who’s bike’ ‘[sic]
The other friend from the Uber ride [left], is pictured above [right], with a wad of cash in her hand. There is no suggestion either she or the other friend were aware of or complicit in the theft
When Mohammed H. Bhuiyan contacted Uber, they responded with: “We understand your frustration with this experience. We’ve attempted to contact the rider by phone and email, but haven’t been able to resolve this issue.
“The rider responded to us and advised us that she didn’t steal your cash from the tip jar. If you believe the rider has your cash as captured from your dash cam and is refusing to return it, you may want to initiate a formal investigation via the police.”
Canale’s Uber account has now been deactivated and she will no longer be able to use the service.
The video was first published on YouTube in August but since gained attention online this weekend, leading to the identity of the thief being revealed, as well as, her online outburst.
It is not clear whether or not police have investigated it