With local law being somewhat forgiving towards fugitive foodies, Buskerud police were unable to obtain a warrant for his arrest.
"As long as he gives his name and address, it is not punishable. It will be up to the restaurants to recover the outlay," Trond Egil Grot of South-Eastern Police District told Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang last week, before denouncing the culprit for having dined and dashed over a hundred times.
The insatiable eater, however, proceeded to other establishments in Romerike, which became his downfall. The 44-year-old glutton was ultimately arrested and charged with five counts of fraud and a breach of the court's restraining order.
"It is true that the new Penal Code of 2005 provided some changes. One cannot be punished for ordering food, as long as you provide your name and address. But once one does not have the funds to supply his or her commitments and still orders food deliberately, we are talking about fraud here," police attorney Rolf Mikalsen of Eastern Police District told Verdens Gang.
"The defendant's conduct must be characterized as very troublesome, both for the general public, guards, shop assistants and staff at the eateries he chooses to assault. He is known for acting foul and in a somewhat threatening way," the court wrote in its judgment. "Based on his own explanation, his criminal behavior arises from a lifestyle and certain attitudes rather than his alcohol problem," the court concluded.