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June 12, 2013

Alleged dining scofflaw nabbed at Azorean

A man who has sampled many of Gloucester’s restaurants then ducked out before paying his bills was arrested in a final fiasco at Azorean Sunday night.

Steven Davis, 50, had allegedly left Tom Shea’s in Essex without paying the tab, hopped into a taxi cab for an unpaid trip to Azorean in Gloucester, then downed a drink at Azorean without paying up before police arrived about 10 p.m. and ended the spree with his arrest. This came after a 7:30 p.m. trip to Short & Main the same day, a restaurant not far from his Main Street home.

Matt Cawley, a co-owner at Short & Main, called Davis an “anomaly.” Davis had wracked up a nearly $100 bill at the restaurant, eating half dozen oysters, a pizza, two glasses of wine and two cocktails at the restaurant.

“He was very talkative and talked to all of us. He told us how much he loved everything and that he was going to write about us on his blog, on his famous blog,” Cawley said.

Cawley said one of his employees recognized Davis as one to frequently exit before payment, and four of the employees at the busy restaurant kept an eye on Davis, but he still escaped with an unpaid tab.

“We were all kind of waiting for him to make a move and he still slipped out,” Cawley said.

Cawley called the police as Davis ran down to Cape Ann Brewing Company, called a town car, and hitched a ride to Tom Shea’s in Essex, where he guzzled down another $60 in food and drinks. The driver took Davis back to Gloucester for a $6.75 drink at Azorean, and was waiting outside for Davis to pay the $150 cab fare when police arrived.

Davis was formally charged with defrauding a common victualler, leaving the premises without paying, disorderly person, resisting arrest and taxi fare evading.

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