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Gary Collins

Arrested for Felony

Dine and Dash

1/5/2011 11:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's been rough going for Gary Collins ... TMZ has learned the former Miss America/"Hour Magazine" host has been arrested for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper.

Gary Collins Arrested
Collins -- who has been arrested 3 times and convicted twice of DUI -- was busted in Biloxi, Mississippi Tuesday at 10:39 PM.  According to employees at the restaurant, they told him as he left he had to pay his bill, but Collins ignored them.  The employees even followed him out to the parking lot ... in vain.

Collins allegedly ordered food at Jazzeppi's Restaurant and left without paying his $59.35 bill.  Get this ... refusing to pay a restaurant bill for anything over $25 in Ole Miss is a FELONY!

He was released early this morning on $5,000 bail.

UPDATE: We finally found out what Collins allegedly ate -- sources connected to the meal tell us Gary had the "Chef's steak specialty ... a $40 value!" He also had "some alcohol."

UPDATE: We spoke to Sharon Mattina -- co-owner of Jazeppi's -- and she says they're going to try to get the charges dropped. She thinks the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

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61.

Angie Malloy    

It would have been cheaper for him to just pay for the dinner...

1298 days ago
62.

senor    

I am CERTAIN he may have not "REALIZED" that he didnt pay for it. Gary is very honest and If any of this true then he simply forgot to pay.

1296 days ago
63.

dennis ryan    

Dont worry readers one fine day you might find yourself in the same delima / or worse. Think about it. For sure it will happen. Shame on you. The man has problems that you dont know about.

1291 days ago
64.

Chicagoray    

"refusing to pay a restaurant bill for anything over $25 in Ole Miss is a FELONY!" that's because so many trailertrashers and treeswingers steal anything they can get away with down there and in just about every big bankrupt blue state urban jungle.

Isn't diversity swell? Even the Hollywood skeezers can be pushing a shopping cart in a heartbeat like everyone else. How much more fair can life get? Sounds like we need more social engineering by the liberals to come to the rescue...NOT.

1265 days ago
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Grim Reaper    

Hes dead! Leave him alone now.

656 days ago
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