Out-of-state 'suspicious' man charged with skipping food bill
Published 7:23 am, Friday, October 31, 2014
A man described as "suspicious" by police was charged with not paying a $25 bill at a New Canaan cafe last week.
Rakesh Kukatla, 41, of Moss Beach, Calif., was charged Oct. 23 with sixth-degree larceny after police said he failed to pay for a $25 meal at Gingerbitz, 155 Elm St.
Police said the store owner called about 11:30 a.m. to report that Kukatla attempted to pay for his meal with a credit card, but the payment was declined. The suspect then said he would pay for it later and left his contact information, according to the report.
Police said they had reports of a man matching Kukatla's description from other New Canaan businesses, including a bank, a gallery and the post office.
Callers said the man was wandering around and walking "aimlessly," according to police. Officers found him at the New Canaan train station, where he gave them addresses from three different states -- Vermont, Colorado and California -- the report states.
He posted $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 6.
Police asked residents and businesses to be on alert and report any suspicious activity to the department at 203-594-3500.