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.)
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.