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$700 napkin dispenser returned to Schererville restaurant with note 'please don't press charges'

Hours after releasing this photo to media, a napkin dispenser taken from the Schererville White Castle turned up at the restaurant with a note that said "please don't press charges," police said. Restaurant management asked police to close the case.

SCHERERVILLE — Whoever took a $700 napkin dispenser from a White Castle restaurant apparently had no appetite for the extra attention he may have received after police released a photo of him.

Schererville police on Thursday afternoon released an image of a man suspected of unplugging the napkin dispenser and walking out of the restaurant at 800 W. U.S. 30 after finishing a meal about 4:50 a.m. Feb. 11.

About 8 p.m. Thursday, White Castle employees found a Christmas bag at the back door that contained the napkin dispenser and a note that said "please don't press charges."

Management at White Castle have asked police to close the case, Cmdr. Jeff Cook said.

"We know it wasn't the most heinous of crimes," Cook said, but it was important to White Castle.

The napkin dispenser's speedy return shows how quickly the community can help police, he said.


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