DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A self-proclaimed modern-day Robin Hood was arrested for giving customers more than $3,000 in free beverages at a Downtown Brooklyn IHOP, according to prosecutors.
William F. Powell, 27, was arrested on March 2 for giving customers free drinks between August 7, 2015 and Feb. 18 of this year at the IHOP at 253 Livingston Street, according to a criminal complaint.
“I am the modern day Robin Hood, I am not stealing, I am serving the ones in need, I take from the rich and give to the poor,” Powell told investigators after he was caught, according to the complaint.
Akrell Cox, the owner of the IHOP, told police he grew suspicious when he noticed Powell’s beverage sales were at 6 percent of the total receipt compared to 17 to 20 percent for other employees working the same shift and schedule, the complaint said.
Cox reviewed surveillance footage starting in August of last year and saw that Powell was serving customers the typical number of drinks, the complaint said.
When he reviewed IHOP’s records, Cox saw that Powell hadn’t been charging customers for any drinks that he had seen him give out in the surveillance video, according to prosecutors.
After defending his behavior, Powell added, “What’s the big deal? I’ve been doing this since I started here."
Cox told police he lost more than $3,000 in drink sales.
Powell was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and petit larceny. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 11.
Powell’s Brooklyn Defender Services attorney Cameron Mease did not immediately return request for comment.
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