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Unpaid $7 Waffle House bill exposed ID theft ring, police say

Police in Louisiana have uncovered a sophisticated, Los Angeles-based identity theft ring, thanks to two men who skipped out on their $7 Waffle House bill, authorities say.

Waffle House employees called police Saturday, saying two men had stiffed the restaurant and driven away in a U-Haul van.

Investigators were still taking statements at the restaurant when patrol officers spotted a U-Haul van parked at a nearby hotel, Pearl River police say.

A passenger ran into nearby woods as officers approached, according to Deputy Chief Daniel Hunter.

The officers arrested the driver, and a police dog tracked down the passenger. A search of the van turned up fake ID and credit cards, credit card skimming devices—and a Waffle House receipt for $7.41