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Suspected bakery tip jar thief told judge he was high on cocaine, heroin during robbery attempt

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Marcus Torres was identified as the suspect who was shot by a Barranquitas bakery employee. (WFSB photo) Marcus Torres was identified as the suspect who was shot by a Barranquitas bakery employee. (WFSB photo)
The bakery owner said this was the tip jar the suspect tried to steal. (WFSB photo) The bakery owner said this was the tip jar the suspect tried to steal. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A suspected thief told a judge he was high on cocaine and heroin and wanted food when police said he tried to snatch a tip jar from a Hartford bakery on Tuesday morning. 

Police said 36-year-old Marcus Torres, a convicted felon with 27 previous arrests in Hartford, was shot by an employee after trying to steal the jar from the Barranquitas Mini Bakery on Franklin Avenue around 8:30 a.m.  

"Mr. Torres told me he walked into the bakery asking for something to eat. He was under the influence of heroin and cocaine and had no place to go and was hungry, his attorney said in court. 

Around this time, police determined Torres attempted to steal the cash-filled jar from the counter. However, the jar was bolted to the counter, the owner told Eyewitness News.

When employees of the bakery confronted Torres, a physical altercation took place, according to police.

Based on eyewitness statements, police said Torres appeared to be removing a weapon from his waistband. That's when one of the employees, who is licensed to carry a firearm, fired a round at Torres.

The suspect was struck in the leg. Torres was treated and released from Hartford Hospital. 

The bakery has often donated leftovers to the homeless. The owner said he would have given Torres food, if he asked, instead of trying to steal the tip jar. 

Police said they charged him with first-degree criminal attempt at robbery and third-degree assault. 

Torres was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday morning where his bond was set at $350,000. He is expected to be back in court on Aug. 7. 

"He has suffered greatly from a gun shot wound. He's in a lot of pain," Torres' attorney said in court. 

Torres told police that he was trying to steal the money for drugs. 

His lawyer told the judge that his client did not remember anything after walking into the bakery or what he told police. 

Torres has a pending case in Massachusetts that dates back to 1997. It was for possession of drugs. 

As for the bakery, it was open on Wednesday. 

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