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Customer Rips off Cell Phone at Village Pizzeria

Security footage shows the couple who stole an employees cellphone last night at the Village Pizzeria (photo from Village Pizzeria)
Security footage shows the couple who may have walked out with an employee’s cell phone last night at the Village Pizzeria (photo from Village Pizzeria)

Last night, it appears that a customer walked out with an employee’s cellphone at the Village Pizzeria.

According to owner Steve Cohen, a couple -a man and a woman – ate dinner at the restaurant early Monday evening. After paying their bill in cash, the male waited around then grabbed an employee’s cell phone that was sitting on a shelf in the back of the restaurant. The phone is often used to plug into the restaurant’s stereo system, though it was just sitting on the shelf at the time.

“He waited, waited – looked around, planned it, waited for the opportunity then grabbed the phone and they quickly walked out at 6:10pm Monday nite!…” Steve posted on the Buzz’s Facebook page yesterday.  He also shared the photos below from his security cameras.

Stunned that someone would take the phone, Steve told us, “what kind of  person would visit a neighborhood family establishment, eat their food, interact with the staff that served them their food and brought them their check and then rob them?  The worst part is, the server is sure they’ve been in before.” 

Anyone with information on this theft can contact Steve or LAPD.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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