Authorities say two New Jersey teens pretended to be placed in a motel by a social services agency and then ran up a bill of $3,900.
Long Beach police tell the Asbury Park Press that a woman claiming to work for Ocean County Social Services called a motel last summer and requested a room for a couple and their child. The motel owner agreed to house them for two weeks, but later learned that the woman who had made the arrangements did not work for the agency.
Police have determined that 19-year-old Joshua Walton of Barnegat and a 17-year-old girl had stayed in the room. Both were charged with theft by deception.
A phone number for Walton could not be located Saturday.