A New Jersey police department is searching for a thief they’re calling the “Donut Desperado.”
Days ahead of National Doughnut Day – a made-up food holiday where businesses give away free fried treats – a suspect identified as an actor jumped over the counter at a Dunkin’ in South Brunswick, New Jersey, and took a doughnut without paying, the township’s police department tweeted on Tuesday.
According to the tweet, the alleged crime happened around 8:30 p.m. June 1.
The tweet, which includes 29 seconds of surveillance footage, said the doughnut was taken while the suspect appears to be live-streaming the theft. The video shows the suspect wearing black pants and a red hooded sweatshirt.
The police are asking anyone with information to call 732-329-4646.
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According to WPVI, a New Jersey television station, the suspect allegedly live-streamed a theft at a nearby Chinese restaurant in mid-May wearing the same red hoodie.
Dunkin’s corporate office told the station in a statement that it was aware of the incident.
“The franchisee who owns and operates this location informs us that the safety and well-being of his crew members and customers are top priorities and he is cooperating fully with the police investigating this incident,” the statement said.
National Doughnut Day is held the first Friday of June. Participating Dunkin’ restaurants are giving away a free doughnut with purchase of a coffee.
Earlier this week, a Louisiana police department turned to social media to share when not to call law enforcement.
The Slidell Police Department says it received a call after a Taco Bell allegedly ran out of hard and soft tacos.
Contributing: Suzanne Russell, Bridgewater Courier News
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