15 dine and dash, take the cake at birthday party

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 18, 2011


More than a dozen people who attended a birthday party for a 1-year-old at Chuck E. Cheese, 740 John R, reportedly ran out without paying the bill on Feb.16.

Troy police Lt. Bob Redmond said that when the hostess presented the bill to the group, she was told that the person paying had not arrived yet. Police said someone had phoned the restaurant in advance to make a reservation for the party.

The hostess went into a back room, and when she returned, the party of 15 had left the restaurant without paying the bill and took the birthday cake with them, according to reports. Restaurant employees told police they saw the group running toward a maroon Ford van pulling out of the parking lot. Police have surveillance video and continue to investigate.