Police: Man pays for pizza with fake $50 bill; gives driver $1 tip

A Hamilton man was charged with petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to appear on a $2,500 warrant after he allegedly paid for pizza with a fake $50 bill, Middletown police said.

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Daniel Gabbard, 24, also had a warrant out of Butler County for larceny and out of Trenton for drug abuse, according to a police report.

Middletown police were called to Domino’s Pizza, 606 N. University Blvd., at 10 p.m. Friday on a report of a counterfeit $50 bill.

The manager told police she received an order for three large Hawaiian pizzas and one medium pizza and was told to deliver them to an address on South Broad Street.

The driver was met by a man near the address and told he ordered the pizzas. Another man showed up a few minutes later and paid for the pizzas, the report read. The bill was $33, and after giving $17 in change, and the driver was given a $1 tip. That’s when the driver realized the money allegedly was counterfeit. By that time, the subjects had run away, the report read.

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When police arrived at the house where the subjects were seen running, they spotted two men in the back yard. One subject ran away, the other ran into the house, according to the report. Police said they saw one subject hiding in the kitchen. When a female answered the door, she allowed officers inside.

Police said they saw several Domino’s Pizza boxes and the sticker on a box had a South Broad Street address.

Gabbard at first denied the allegations, but then told officers a friend gave him a fake $50 bill that he used to pay for the pizzas, according to the report. He said he knew the bill was counterfeit and he told officers he used another counterfeit $50 bill earlier in the day at a local Auto Zone store.

Gabbard failed to appear Monday morning for his hearing in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court records.