HOBOKEN, N.J. – Hoboken police say a man posing as a waiter
collected US$186 in cash from diners at two restaurants and walked out
with the money in his pocket.

Diners described the bogus waiter
as a spikey-haired 20-something wearing a dark blue or black
button-down shirt, yellow tie and khaki pants.

Police say he
approached two women in their 20s dining at Hobson's Choice on Hudson
Street around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday. He asked if they needed anything
else before paying. They said no and handed him US$90 in cash.


About two hours later he approached three women in their 40s dining at
Margherita's Pizza and Cafe on Washington Street. He asked if they were
ready to pay, took US$96 in cash and never returned with the change
they asked for.