SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police have charged a man in connection to a string of fraudulent food orders placed at multiple pizzerias in the area. The Police were able to identify five different restaurants that were targeted, along with eateries in Montgomery, Plainsboro and West Windsor. Sudeep Khetani, age 34, is being charged with theft and possible cyber harassment. Khetani is currently in Orlando, Florida where he is on probation for selling fake passes to Disneyworld.
Multiple Pizzerias and Italian restaurants in the area have been receiving orders from an anonymous caller for the past few months. Two restaurants said that the call would appear as VOIP (voice over IP) on the caller ID, the caller would also use an app to disguise his voice. The caller would often order multiple pizza pies for the South Brunswick Police Department and then never pick them up or pay for them.
Cappricio’s, located at Liberty Mall, lost an estimated $1,000 on an order for 12 large pizzas for the police. The caller later told them ‘I hope you get the Coronavirus’ and ‘Go back to Italy.’ Giuseppe’s Pizza on Summerfield Blvd. received two orders for the police that were never paid for, resulting in a loss of $1,200. Workers describe the caller as using ‘vile language and cursing." The caller also told them, ‘I hope you guys lose money.’
The caller was able to disguise his number and voice with an override service. South Brunswick Detective Tim Hoover and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office Detective Ryan Tighe were able to track him down and find his location in Florida.
“It is incomprehensible that a suspect would play on the goodwill of so many during these difficult times,” said Police Chief Raymond Hayducka in a released statement “The suspect once placed an order saying it was coming to South Brunswick Police. We have had several residents send us food, which I appreciate tremendously, but this suspect has gone to a new low. Our businesses are all struggling and every dollar matters. I am not sure there is an adequate charge for what he is doing.”
Detectives with South Brunswick and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office are currently working with Florida authorities to charge Khetani. There is also another investigation to determine if these crimes were biased in nature, according to the South Brunswick Police Department.