According to police, 24-year-old Budd Lake NJ resident Robert Zazeski stole money from a room at Kennedy’s Budd Lake Motel on Route 46. Police said that Zazeski then attempted to use the money to his pay his tab at an adjacent bar.
The alleged victim, who was staying at the motel, told police he was missing a sum of money. Officers investigated the room and found a receipt from Kennedy’s Pub.
Police then went to the nearby bar and spoke with bartenders, who determined that the receipt belonged to Zazeski. The bartenders said that they had seen Zazeski at the bar with a large sum of money. One bartender told police that although Zazeski initially did not have enough money to pay his bar tab, he had somehow managed to pay the bill and leave a $100 bill as a tip.
Officers later found Zazeski at a nearby Budd Lake residence. Zazeski allegedly gave the officers $1,700 belonging to the man at the motel.
Zazeski was placed under arrested and charged with theft.
In New Jersey, theft of movable property is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. The penalties for the crime vary, depending on the value of the property taken. In this case, Zazeski could be charged with third degree theft of movable property because he is alleged to have stolen more than $500. If Zazeski is convicted of the third degree felony, he could be sentenced to as many as five (5) years in NJ State Prison.
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For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Man Stole $1,700 from Budd Lake Motel, Went to Pay His Bar Tab.“