Alan Golden, 'Dine And Dash' Suspect, Arrested During Police Fundraiser

03/05/2012 12:22 pm ET

Police in New Mexico recently arrested a man for allegedly attempting to pull a dine-and-dash at a restaurant that was hosting a police fundraiser.

According to the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened on March 1, at the Applebee's restaurant in Las Cruces.

Alan Golden, 22, ate dinner at the restaurant with two women and left without paying his entire bill –- leaving a $30 balance, police said.

Golden might have got away with the alleged act, had he not picked a restaurant that was holding a "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser. During the event, the wait staff was replaced by local police officers who served patrons their dinners in an effort to raise money for the New Mexico Special Olympics.

Authorities arrested Golden and charged him with obtaining services less than $100. He was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a $250 surety bond.

While hunger and stupidity might make for a dangerous combination, the sheriff's office was pleased to announce that the annual fundraiser event raised more than $3,000.


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