An Illinois man has been sentenced to three years in prison after authorities say he ordered an appetizer, drinks and an entree at a restaurant, and then couldn’t pay the $70 bill.
Anthony M. Malabehar, 47, pleaded guilty to a theft charge that accused him of stealing from the Alamo Steak House restaurant in Mattoon on April 4. That was the second time in about two months that he had been accused of stealing from a restaurant.
Malabehar’s record apparently includes several theft and other property offense convictions, which is why he ended up with jail time. Normally a theft of $70 would be a misdemeanor offense. Due to his prior record Malabehar was charged with a felony.
The convicted thief was fortunate, because he was eligible for an extended prison sentence of up to six years because of his earlier convictions, the Journal Gazette & Times Courier reported.
Malabehar never gave an explanation of why he stole from the restaurants, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Rob Scales. During both incidents, Malabehar informed restaurant workers that he couldn’t pay for what he had ordered and then calmly waited for police to arrive without causing any problems.
In addition to the jail time, Malabehar’s sentence also included restitution to the restaurant and a $100 fine.