Local restaurant says dine and dasher charged
A security camera at Muse captured this image of a man staff say dined and dashed.
Michael Franklin, CTV Calgary
Published Monday, January 6, 2014 11:17AM MST
Last Updated Monday, January 6, 2014 12:49PM MST
A high-end Calgary restaurant which was the victim of a brazen dine-and-dasher in November says the culprit has been identified and charged, but he has since disappeared.
On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Muse Restaurants says a man dined at the establishment, enjoying cocktails, half a bottle of wine, and a three course dinner.
After placing his order for dessert, he left a wallet on the table and told a server he was going to the bathroom.
The dessert was served, but he didn’t return.
Muse staff couldn’t find him, and when they checked the wallet, they found tags still on it and magazine clippings stuffed into every pocket.
Luckily for the managers of Muse, the suspect’s face was caught on a security camera before he entered the restaurant.
The photo was then shared online through social media.
Following that information, three other high-end restaurants in Calgary – Teatro, Blink, and Farm – all reported being victimized by the same suspect.
The owner of Muse Restaurant was able to pick the suspect out of a police lineup in December.
Police have confirmed that Daniel Soch, 24, was arrested and charged with one count of meal fraud.
However, Soch failed to appear for a court hearing on January 2, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637