It’s time to bid adieu to one of my favorite local minor league criminals, the dude who would go to fancy Baltimore restaurants, rack up a hefty bill, and then fake a seizure to get out of it. The guy has been doing this for years.
So how do you repeatedly, brazenly get away with something like this? Well, our dine and dasher (Andrew Palmer) never ran out on a bill over $100. And legally, the maximum penalty for theft under $100 carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail — a sentence Palmer served many, many times over. “I said, ‘We have to get this guy more than 90 days. That just doesn’t faze him,’ ” Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Richman told the Baltimore Sun. Since 1985, Palmer has been arrested more than 80 times, and convicted more than 40.