BLT Fish Employee Arrested Mid-Service for Alleged Theft

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Shrimp roll with a side of petty larceny.
Shrimp roll with a side of petty larceny. Photo: Kenneth Chen

Customers anticipating lobster rolls and half-shell oysters at Union Square restaurant BLT Fish last Friday night also witnessed a jarring scene when one of the restaurant’s back-of-house employees was arrested and removed from the restaurant in handcuffs. Plainclothes police officers took Javier Paez-Goiz — still clad in his BLT Fish uniform — into custody just minutes before the start of the 7 p.m. dinner rush. The 27-year-old Queens resident was nabbed for allegedly taking business checks totaling $561.56 from the premises and trying to deposit them into his personal bank account. (His boss also searched his locker and allegedly found two pay stubs belonging to fellow workers.)

Shrimp roll with a side of petty larceny.
Shrimp roll with a side of petty larceny. Photo: Kenneth Chen

Paez-Goiz was charged with petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, and was subsequently issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (or DAT). He is due back in court on September 23, according to the district attorney’s office. Each crime carries a maximum of a year in jail. A spokesperson for BLT Fish would not comment, citing the ongoing investigation.