This Week in Food News: Foolish Food Crimes, Pt. II
These days, there seems to be an abundance of food criminals on the loose. Below, we present to you the foolish food criminals that made headlines this week:
In Pinson, AL, a man’s attempt to rob from the restaurant he works for was so poorly executed, that no one took him seriously. Moments after finishing his Friday shift at Jack’s restaurant, 24-year-old Zackary Dexter Pace returned to work with a crude mask that completely failed to conceal his identity. The combination of the revealing mask and his undisguised voice was so laughably awful, that his coworkers immediately recognized Pace. In fact, his robber’s get-up was so bad, that his coworkers “told him to stop joking before they realized he was serious.” While the amount of money stolen has not been revealed, Pace’s subsequent actions ensured that the money wouldn’t stay in his hands for long. Pace returned to work on Monday, walking into a detective’s investigation of his robbery where he was charged with first-degree robbery.
In York, PA, police caught serial restaurant robber, Maurice Lebron Davis. Davis, who used a complex system of coded messages, train tickets and surgical masks, was on a robbing-spree in south central Pennsylvania before police caught up with him. Under the alias Maurice Pringle, Davis traveled to the area frequently by train, and “he would then break into restaurants in the early morning—usually through drive-through windows—and surprise the staff.” Police caught him attempting to flee the scene after breaking into an Arby’s in Mechanicsburg. Upon identifying the suspect, police found that Davis was on parole from New York, with a record of drug dealing, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and assault. After tracking his cellphone records and searching the home of Davis’ accomplice, police discovered his prison ID, a silver pellet gun, a box of surgical masks and a coded letter with clues to the Arby’s break-in. He has since been charged with a host of crimes that include robbery, burglary, and theft.
In other news, two unrelated wine heists have resulted in the loss of $356,570 worth of stolen wine. Early in the morning on June 17th, a group of thieves took hundreds of cases of wine from Bury Farm Industrial Estate in Hampshire, England. The stolen wine, which belonged to the company Alexander Hadleigh, was worth a staggering $156,850. Meanwhile in British Columbia, a heist that amounted to $199,720 in stolen wine left the Blackwood Lane Vineyards and Winery completely devastated. The robbery, which was reported on July 19, resulted in the loss of “three pallets of 2007 Alliance, one pallet each of Cabernet Sauvignon and rosé and one pallet and 16 cases of 2006 Alliance.” The winery only makes a couple thousand cases of wine a year, adding to the pain of the situation. We hope to see these criminals caught and brought to justice.
Stay tuned for next week’s food news installment. Have a great weekend!