In a case that police officers dubbed "Extra Sugar," a 29-year-old New Jersey woman was busted for selling more than just donuts and Coolatas at a local Dunkin' Donuts.
Melissa Redmond, of Mine Hill, N.J., is facing prostitution charges after she allegedly took breaks from her job at a Dunkin' Donuts in Rockaway Township, N.J. to provide sex in exchange for money.
Redmond was processed, served her complaint, and released.
The arrest was the culmination of the six week "Extra Sugar" sting operation that began when officers received a tip about a worker's questionable activities at the shop. The informant spoke of a worker at the Dunkin' Donuts with whom costumers could arrange liaisons.
"I had gotten an anonymous tip," Detective Sgt. Kyle Schwarzmann, who led the investigation, told the Daily Record. "She was a night time employee (working 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.), supposedly a very good one.''
While observing the Route 46 Dunkin Donuts' store during Redmond's shift, Schwarzmann noticed she had a pattern of visiting customers for up to fifteen minutes at a time in their vehicles.
"Sometimes I'd even see money changing hands," Schwarzmann said, adding that sometimes the cars would remain in the parking lot while other times they would drive elsewhere.
The undercover operation ensued with the assistance of two additional officers. One of them, Scott Haigh, acted as the undercover "John."
"He went in plain clothes through the drive-thru window,'' Schwarzmann said. "He spoke to her and she said if he wanted a good time to call her and she gave him her phone number."
Haigh drove his car to the Dunkin' Donuts' parking lot and Redmond allegedly approached him and gave him a price list for her services.
Haigh returned one additional time and was again approached and offered the prices (which were reportedly lower). The undercover officer excused himself to head to the ATM and when he returned, he made the arrest.