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PD: Waiter tried to steal customers' credit card numbers

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A waiter at a restaurant in Marietta took more than just dinner orders - he stole diners' credit card numbers, Cobb County investigators said.

David Bates had just started working at the Marietta Fish Market on May 26, said restaurant owner Gus Tselios.

Tselios grew suspicious when noticed Bates repeatedly went to the restroom throughout the day.

"I knew something was wrong but I couldn't figure out what was going on," Tselios said.

Bates would take customers' credit cards into the kitchen to avoid suspicion, in case anyone was watching, then he would walk into the men's room where he would write down customers' credit cards numbers, Tselios said.

"Initially, I thought he was sick because he kept going to the bathroom," Tselios said. "I put two and two together and thought he might have been doing something with that information."

Investigators said Bates tried to lift information from six customers' cards, but they stopped the suspect before he could make any purchases or sell customers' information.

"We retrieved the information before it went anywhere," Tselios said.

Bates was arrested and charged with six counts of identity fraud.

His bond was set at $10,000.

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