On Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m., officers went to the Denny’s Restaurant, located on the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard, on the trail of a group of people who had reportedly left without paying their bill. Officers scanned the area, but were unable to find the offenders, so they returned to Denny’s and spoke with the waitress who had served the suspects.
As the officers were taking a statement from the waitress, another diner in the establishment approached them and informed them that he had just finished his meal (valued at $16.43) but had no means with which to pay the bill. The officers arrested this 24-year-old man from Inglewood, and dished him out a charge of defrauding an innkeeper. If he didn’t have enough on his plate after that, officer also served him with a further charge of violation of probation. His bail was set at $10,000.
Editor’s Note: This report is part of regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.