NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a man who refused to pay for his meal in a North Charleston restaurant was arrested after officers found drugs in his car on Saturday.
The North Charleston Police Department charged 47-year-old Larry Gene Edens with trafficking cocaine base, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information to police and defrauding an innkeeper. Officers also charged 50-year-old Robin Lynn Mayes with giving false information to police and defrauding an innkeeper.
An officer was notified that two people were about to leave the Smokey Bones restaurant on Rivers Avenue without paying for their meal. Restaurant workers told officers that the two were seen in the restaurant a month ago when they left without paying for their meal.
When officers arrived at the parking lot, they saw Edens leaving the restaurant with a bag and enter a Crown Victoria with Mayes not far behind.
According to a police report, when an officer began to approach the two, both walked back to the restaurant. Restaurant workers told the officer that the two suspects had a $86.89 bill and had not paid for the meal.
The officer said as he was talking to the restaurant workers, he noticed that the two suspects made several attempts to leave the restaurant but returned due to another officer standing by the door.
Police say when the bill was given to the two suspects, both refused to pay the bill. Authorities then asked the two to pay for their bill. Mayes gave a credit card to the restaurant but the card was declined.
When the officer asked the suspects how they were going to pay the bill, Edens said that his mother was outside the building and that she was going to pay. Officers say they did not find Edens' mother and were told by family members that she was attending a birthday party.
Edens and Mayes were then placed under arrest. According to investigators, Mayes originally told officers that her name was Toresa Branard.
Officers then went to the Crown Victoria to retrieve the bag from the restaurant. As police retrieved the bag, officers say they also saw in plain view a crack pipe which gave them probable cause to search the vehicle.
Police say they also found drugs in the vehicle which included 14 acetaminophen pills and a pill bottle containing cocaine.
Mayes was also found to have active warrants for her in North Charleston and Summerville. Both were locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.