Police: Man Eats, Drinks, Runs From $78 Perry Hall Harp Bill

Police arrested a man who allegedly ran from The Harp in Perry Hall without paying.

The Harp in Perry Hall wasn't about to let a customer get away without paying Tuesday night—police said staffers chased down a man who refused to pay for a large meal.

Kenneth Vernon Lee, 24, a Lusby resident, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of theft at about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, according to Officer Mark Dorsey of the Parkville police precinct.

According to police, starting at about 9 p.m., Lee entered The Harp at 8706 Belair Road and began ordering food and drinks. He attempted to pay for the food using credit cards, which were all denied. He then left the restaurant and returned, ordered more food, and attempted to pay with another credit card. Restaurant staffers found that the credit card had been reported stolen. Lee then allegedly ran out of the restaurant without paying his $78.43 bill, according to Dorsey.

Staffers chased Lee from Belair Road to Blairwood Road. Police also responded and sprayed him with pepper spray before arresting him near Perry Hall Apartments, Dorsey said.

No serious injuries were reported during the chase, he added.

Investigators found that the stolen credit card belonged to a person who formerly worked with Lee at the Wendy's, adjacent to The Harp. Online court records show that Lee is a former Nottingham resident.

How would you react if you saw a restaurant customer do this? Tell us in the comments.

Red Dolphin November 02, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Jeff , its a traffic related ( one drinking in public ,"open container " I guess) dui . not a good reflection I admit but, he no Pretty Boy Floyd, know what I mean ? no viponet charges or convictions for that matter,,,,,,,,,,,, he just keeps drivng without a license thats all LOL! ( suspened) bad boys bad boys
Red Dolphin November 02, 2012 at 09:27 PM
i thought about it,some more ,Jeff its the stolen credit card thing that ruins his character for me ( I can forgive the dui)
little sister November 03, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I wonder what the Harps policy is on walk-outs ? Mo's Seafood they make the server pay for the entire bill !!
john merkle November 05, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Especially the 2nd time in the same night...Ahaha!!!
john merkle November 05, 2012 at 05:45 AM
About the rap sheet... two pages of just the stuff he got caught for?....He prolly wouldn't've continued if he got busted everytime...


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