Skip to comments.Man Gets 3 Years in Prison After Restaurant Meal Thefts
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 Malabehars 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 States 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 couldnt pay then waited for police to arrive without causing any other problems, Scales said.
Malabehars 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.
He gets free meals in prison
“free” prison food for 3 years...
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.
Free to him. Th taxpayers will be picking up the bill.
Just doing the work Americans won't do. Like Obama said yesterday, he is a "United States person."
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.
Nothing says he is not a U.S. citizen.
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.
Bastard stole my retirement plan. 3 hots and a cot plus healthcare, cable TV and a library.
I don't live that well now.
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
It will now.
“felony dinner theft.”
- Whadya in for?
- I dunno, some fools on the Internet said I have a serious medical conditions, or, alternatively, a mental problem.
And don’t forget all that hot sweaty sex!
Go to the next restaurant and switch, so the your friend can chow down....
Only takes a couple bucks to chow down....
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?
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.
BTW, I would never do that! I was just thinking about how easy it would be...lol...
“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 wouldnt do mean any good. Its 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.