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Police arrest ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ couple who fled restaurants without paying

Police hunting a “Bonnie and Clyde” couple who allegedly fled without paying from several restaurants have arrested two people.A man, 45, and a 43-year-old woman, from Suffolk in England, are being questioned over the alleged “dine and dashes”.It follows a series of incidents at seven pubs, hotels and restaurants across Suffolk and Essex over the…

Police hunting a “Bonnie and Clyde” couple who allegedly fled without paying from several restaurants have arrested two people.

A man, 45, and a 43-year-old woman, from Suffolk in England, are being questioned over the alleged “dine and dashes”.

It follows a series of incidents at seven pubs, hotels and restaurants across Suffolk and Essex over the past 10 months.

The tricksters reportedly use the same ruse every time.

They apologise after their card is declined, leave a fake address and phone number and then leave, it’s alleged.

Julie and Stephen Penney, who run the Swan Inn in Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, were hit by the fraudsters on Halloween.

The couple racked up a bill of £56 (just over $A100) after washing down dinner with double vodkas.

Julie, 52, said: “They have this down to a fine art.

“They were completely at ease, they didn’t give us any cause for concern.

“They were very confident and smooth.”

Footage of the couple, captured on The Swan’s CCTV system, has since been passed over to the police.

Julie added: “They must have been having a free meal every night at that point.

“To add insult to injury they asked if they could take a bottle of wine home.

“We’re all struggling massively at the moment.

“And to have a couple take advantage for their own selfish gains is not on.

“They’re like East Anglia’s Bonnie and Clyde.”

Julie posted about the couple on a pub owner’s Facebook group and could not believe the response.

More than a dozen landlords and restaurateurs have got in touch to say they too had been hit in exactly the same way.

On one occasion the brazen fraudsters managed to dodge paying after staying a week at a hotel, it was reported.

It is believed the pair have been operating since January.

On September 10, the couple reportedly racked up a bill of £197 ($A358) after ordering meals at a pub in Layham, Suffolk.

A meal worth £146 ($A265) was not paid for at a pub in Colchester, Essex.

The culprits have also struck in Ipswich, Wreningham and Brecon Ash.

Suffolk Police said: “This type of behaviour is simply unacceptable.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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