Two individuals were busted by police after allegedly leaving the Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Parsippany, NJ without paying for their drinks and meals.
Police officers responded to the upscale restaurant after receiving a report of theft of services by a man and a woman. When police arrived at the establishment, one of the individuals was attempting leave the parking lot in a maroon Lincoln. According to police, the female driver’s car nearly struck a patrol vehicle as she backed out of a parking spot.
Police were able to stop the car and place the driver under arrest. She was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving.
After arresting the driver, two patrol officers entered the restaurant and spoke with one of the employees. The worker informed the officers that a male customer had skipped out on a bill totaling nearly $100.
The man then allegedly went to a nearby hotel bar and ordered more drinks. While officers investigated, the hotel manager called the restaurant and told one of the officers that the suspect had attempted to charge the drinks to a room at the hotel; however, the suspect was not staying at the hotel.
The suspect was soon placed under arrest and charged with theft of services.
In New Jersey, the penalties for theft of services vary, depending upon the amount stolen. In this case, the defendants could each be charged with a disorderly persons offense. If convicted, they may face up to six months in county jail.
For additional information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Two Arrested after Dine-and-Dash at Parsippany Steak House.“
If you are facing theft charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.