COPS have arrested two people amid an investigation into a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" couple who dine out at posh restaurants and then flee without paying.
A 45-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman have today been arrested in Ipswich on suspicion of making off without payment.
The man, from Hadleigh, and the woman, of Sudbury, are being questioned by cops and will remain in custody.
Cops say the pair made off without payments from restaurants and pubs in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.
It follows a series of incidents where it's thought that a couple have swindled at least a dozen pubs and restaurants over the last 10 months.
The tricksters reportedly use the same ruse every time.
They apologise after their card is declined, leave a fake address and phone number and then hop it, it's alleged.
Julie and Stephen Penney, who run the Swann Inn in Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, were hit by the fraudsters on Halloween.
The couple racked up a bill of £56 after washing down dinner with double vodkas.
Julie, 52, said: "They have this down to a fine art.
"They were completely at ease, they didn’t give us any cause for concern.
"They were very confident and smooth."
Footage of the couple, captured on the Swan’s CCTV system, has since been passed over to the police.
Julie added: "They must have been having a free meal every night at that point.
"To add insult to injury they asked if they could take a bottle of wine home.
“We’re all struggling massively at the moment.
"And to have a couple take advantage for their own selfish gains is not on.
"They’re like East Anglia’s Bonnie and Clyde."
Julie posted about the couple on a pub owners Facebook group and could not believe the response.
More than a dozen landlords and restaurateurs have got in touch to say they too had been hit in exactly the same way.
On one occasion the brazen fraudsters managed to dodge paying after staying a week at a hotel, it was reported.
It is believed the pair have been operating since January.
On September 10, the pair reportedly racked up a bill of £197 after ordering meals at a pub in Layham, Suffolk.
A meal worth £146 was not paid for at a pub in Colchester, Essex.
The culprits have also struck in Ipswich, Wreningham and Brecon Ash.
Suffolk Police said: “This type of behaviour is simply unacceptable.”
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