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Man Gets 3 Years in Prison After Restaurant Meal Thefts
Journal Gazette & Times-Courier ^ | June 13, 2013 | Dave Fopay

Posted on 06/20/2013 4:11:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A prosecutor said a man offered no explanation for why he stole food from a restaurant by refusing to pay his bill for the second time in about two months.

The suspect, Anthony M. Malabehar, 47, whose address on record is 1721 DeWitt Ave., Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a theft charge that accused him of stealing from the Alamo Steak House restaurant in Mattoon on April 4. He was sentenced to prison for three years.

That incident took place less than a month after he pleaded guilty in a case that accused him of stealing from another Mattoon restaurant in the same fashion.

Police records in Malabehar’s case say he ordered a meal, an appetizer and drinks from the Alamo Steak House and then refused to pay the bill, which totaled nearly $70.

A theft of that amount is normally a misdemeanor offense but Malabehar was charged with a felony because of his criminal record, which apparently includes several theft and other property offense convictions in Cook County.

Malabehar was also eligible for an extended prison sentence, up to six years or twice the normal maximum, because of his earlier convictions. A burglary charge that accused him of entering the restaurant planning to steal was dismissed, and a conviction for that offense would have required a three- to 14-year prison term.

Also, Malabehar was discharged with an unsuccessful record from the supervision sentence he received for the earlier restaurant theft. In that case, he was accused of stealing food and drinks by refusing to pay his bill at Hunan Restaurant in Mattoon on Feb. 2.

Assistant State’s Attorney Rob Scales said Malabehar never gave an explanation of why he stole from the restaurants. During both incidents, he told restaurant workers that he couldn’t pay then waited for police to arrive without causing any other problems, Scales said.

Malabehar’s sentence also included restitution to the restaurant and a $100 fine. Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick based the sentence on a plea agreement that Scales and Public Defender Lonnie Lutz recommended.


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Some pedophiles don't even get this much time. And how much will it cost the state for 3 years?
1 posted on 06/20/2013 4:11:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He gets free meals in prison


2 posted on 06/20/2013 4:14:19 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: nickcarraway

“free” prison food for 3 years...


3 posted on 06/20/2013 4:14:23 PM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: nickcarraway

Something is odd with this bird. I would suspect that he either he has a serious medical condition he cannot afford to treat, or some other personal problem where being in jail would actually be better than being outside.

He is also possibly smart enough to realize that he had better not tell the judge this.

Alternatively, he could have a mental problem.


4 posted on 06/20/2013 4:15:52 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Fai Mao; VAFreedom

Free to him. Th taxpayers will be picking up the bill.


5 posted on 06/20/2013 4:20:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Just doing the work Americans won't do. Like Obama said yesterday, he is a "United States person."

6 posted on 06/20/2013 4:20:55 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: nickcarraway

While not strictly relevant to the subject of the post my ancestors on my father’s mother’s side settled in Mattoon, Illinois circa 1818. They came in from Indiana. My great grandmother was born in Mattoon in 1872 and died in California in 1948.


7 posted on 06/20/2013 4:21:36 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Albion Wilde

Nothing says he is not a U.S. citizen.


8 posted on 06/20/2013 4:23:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
It is actually pretty easy to sneak out of a restaurant without paying your bill if you dine alone. Just don't make a scene and slip discreetly away. Best method is to actually go to the restroom after ordering your dessert and when you come out, head straight for the door and exit. Chances are slim anybody will realize you aren't coming back until you are long gone. So long as you don't go back there anytime soon, you are likely home free.

When I worked in restaurants, this happened from time to time and I don't think anybody ever got caught. I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

9 posted on 06/20/2013 4:35:38 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Fai Mao
He gets free meals in prison

Bastard stole my retirement plan. 3 hots and a cot plus healthcare, cable TV and a library.

I don't live that well now.

10 posted on 06/20/2013 4:49:51 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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How long was he in the System prior to the offenses? Really sounds like he wants to go back.

I know folks that do really want to go back... very sad

TT


11 posted on 06/20/2013 4:52:19 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: SamAdams76
I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

It will now.

12 posted on 06/20/2013 4:59:49 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: nickcarraway

“wuddaya’n fer?”
“felony dinner theft.”


13 posted on 06/20/2013 5:03:07 PM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: schm0e

- Whadya in for?

- I dunno, some fools on the Internet said I have a serious medical conditions, or, alternatively, a mental problem.


14 posted on 06/20/2013 5:08:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: elkfersupper

And don’t forget all that hot sweaty sex!


15 posted on 06/20/2013 5:14:18 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SamAdams76
Better yet, go into a busy restaurant... 5 minutes before your friend walks in....Sit at the counter...Friend grabs seat next to you at the counter. Pretend ya don't know each other....You eat the works...the biggest dinner they got....Friend buys coffee and pie...You pick up his puny bill go to the register and pay...Your out....Friend waits a few minutes and goes to pay with your bill...At the register he tells them there is a mistake, he only had pie and coffee...Waitress backs him up and he's out...

Go to the next restaurant and switch, so the your friend can chow down....

Only takes a couple bucks to chow down....

16 posted on 06/20/2013 5:15:40 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: nickcarraway

Three years for two instances of defrauding an Innkeeper? Seems a little excessive, I wonder if the judge had any kind of interest the establishments?


17 posted on 06/20/2013 5:16:42 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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Even if I owned a restaurant, I would not want someone who walked out on a meal there to go to jail for 3 years. It wouldn’t do mean any good. It’s be one thing if he had to work of the bill.


18 posted on 06/20/2013 5:26:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SamAdams76

BTW, I would never do that! I was just thinking about how easy it would be...lol...


19 posted on 06/20/2013 5:42:35 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: nickcarraway

“Even if I owned a restaurant, I would not want someone who walked out on a meal there to go to jail for 3 years. It wouldn’t do mean any good. It’s be one thing if he had to work of the bill.”

Well, at least he’ll eat three squares for 3 years. He either haw a mental problem or he is dirt poor, and decided
“the h*ll with it, I’m going to go have one last good meal, one way or the other.” The fact that he stuck around to get arrested makes me think he wanted to go to the clink.


20 posted on 06/20/2013 5:49:23 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well no more dining out for Bad Boy here. From now on he’ll be dining in.


21 posted on 06/20/2013 9:09:21 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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