Sylvan Beach (WSYR-TV) -- State Police in Sylvan Beach say a teen who locked herself out of her car and asked them for help was actually one of four suspects who had fled from a local restaurant without paying.
Police say 17-year-old Stephanie Rewkowski, of Syracuse, had come to them for help after locking her keys in her car, claiming it would take too long for AAA to help her. Police gave her the number to a local garage that could help.
Moments later, police say they received a “theft of services” call from Cinderella’s Restaurant on Main Street in the village of Sylvan Beach. An employee told police that two men and two women left the restaurant without paying.
When troopers arrived on scene, they discovered Rewkowski standing by her car, along with 18-year-old Joseph Zippi, 20-year-old Samuel Mekete and 17-year-old Sierra Washington.
The restaurant employee positively identified the group as being the same people who fled the restaurant without paying.
Each of the suspects gave conflicting reasons for why the left without paying, according to police. All four have been charged with theft of services. They’re all scheduled to appear in the Village of Sylvan Beach court on June 7.