Stay and scoot: 65-year-old man held for cheating star hotels

Preliminary investigation revealed that he committed several such fraudulent acts in Kerala, TN, Maharashtra, Karnataka, AP, and Goa. 


Published Dec 26, 2022 | 8:08 PMUpdatedDec 26, 2022 | 8:08 PM

Vincent John also stole a laptop from the hotel that was recovered from a shop in Kollam. Representative images. (Creative Commons)

A 65-year-old man, who has allegedly been staying in five-star hotels and leaving without paying the bill, was caught on Sunday, 25 December, near the Kollam Railway Station. He has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days, the police said.

Vincent John was arrested after a recent complaint filed by a hotel in the heart of the state capital where he had stayed and left without paying the bill, a police officer said.

Details of the case

John, a native of Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, also stole a laptop from the hotel that was recovered from a shop in Kollam, the officer said.

When he checked in, the hotel did not take any cash in advance from him in view of his style and the way he conducted himself, the police said. John distributed sweets among the hotel staff.

On the day he left, he said that he would return and told them to arrange a banquet for 100 people by the time he came back, they said.

More than just one

Preliminary investigation revealed that he had allegedly committed several such fraudulent acts in the past in Kerala, as well as in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Goa, the police said.

Most of the offences were committed in Mumbai, according to information sent by the police there, they said. Information is still coming in from other states, they added.

The police further said that John appeared unperturbed by the arrest as the punishment for his offences was three months.

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After he left the star-hotel, the police began the investigation and traced him to Kollam using his mobile number and a photograph captured from the hotel’s CCTV footage, the officer said.

With the help of the Kollam police, he was arrested by a team from Cantonment Police Station.

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