Restaurant owner pleads guilty to using customers' credit cards

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -

The longtime owner of a barbecue restaurant pleaded guilty to using customers' credit cards to fund spending sprees.

Matthew Sander, owner of Smokin' Joe's Bar-B-Q in Olathe, pleaded guilty Thursday to seven counts of identity theft, four counts of theft and one count of criminal use of a credit card.

The Kansas City Star reports a plea agreement calls for Sander to serve a year in prison and make full restitution.

Assistant District Attorney Alex Scott said two of the cases Sander pleaded guilty to involved him using credit cards customers had inadvertently left behind at the restaurant.

In a third case, Sander stole a woman's purse from her seat at a restaurant bar in Overland Park and used her debit card.

He will be sentenced Jan. 9.

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