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.
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