It’s prison food now for ‘dine and dash’ restaurant scammer
MAN ON CRUTCHES FLED FROM STRING OF EATERIES AFTER SAYING HE NEEDED
A ‘DINE and dash’ offender who made off from a string of city centre restaurants without paying has been jailed.
Tarlochan Singh pulled off the scam at a host of venues – including celebrity hotspot San Carlo – despite having to use crutches following a car accident.
He would pretend to be out of cash and say he needed to go to an ATM, but then not return.
The 38-year-old, of no fixed abode, earlier admitted to six counts of eating and drinking and then making off without payment, and was sentenced at Manchester Magistrates’ Court to 36 weeks in prison on Tuesday.
Singh had also appeared in court just six days before his latest dining spree to admit three similar offences and had been given a conditional discharge on that occasion.
He also pleaded guilty to breaching a criminal behaviour order banning him from entering restaurants without the means to pay, criminal damage and shoplifting.
The latest offences were committed between August 22 and 29, and other restaurants targeted included Waxy O’Connor’s, Pizza Express, Bella Italia, Frankie Tampopo.
David Feingold, defending, said during the plea hearing that Singh had lost his home and benefits, and had then been run over, leaving him with a broken leg in addition to existing mental health problems.
“He was out on the streets with nowhere to sleep and no money and a vehicle ran him over,” he said. “I am not saying it should be excused. “It is quite remarkable he was successful so many times, there’s only a finite number of restaurants in Manchester and I imagine he is running out of them.
“He needs help, clearly the offences are of necessity to feed himself, not to buy luxuries.”
After the sentencing hearing, GMP City Centre Inspector Phil Spurgeon said there is ‘no need for anyone to steal food or go hungry in Manchester.’
“There are places open to support those on the streets every day of the week,” he added.
“Mr Singh was offered support with his needs a number of times by Manchester city council and other partners.
“While it was important to keep offering that support, we also had a responsibility to the city centre business community, who were being ruthlessly and repeatedly targeted through his offending.” and Benny’s, and also
San Carlo – one of the restaurants which fell victim to Tarlochan Singh’s scam
Tarlochan Singh had an injured leg after he was run over by a car, the court heard