RICHMOND — An Indianapolis man was arrested on two felony counts after failing to pay his bill Thursday night at a Richmond restaurant.
But police say this was not a simple dine-and-dash case.
Philip D. Smith, 46, was charged with one count of theft and one count of impersonating a police officer, both Class D felonies.
According to a police report, Smith finished dining at Applebee’s on Richmond’s east side when he told his server that he did not have money to pay his bill. He then allegedly displayed a badge, said he was a police officer and asked to go to an ATM to get money.
“(The employees) took down his license plate number before he left and when he didn’t come back, they called and we had officers that were able to locate the vehicle,” RPD Capt. Tom Porfidio said.
According to police, the badge that Smith displayed was a security badge and not a police-issued badge.
Smith was released from the Wayne County Jail after posting $25,000 bond. The range for each Class D felony conviction is six months to three years and a $10,000 fine.