ROCKAWAY, NJ (Daily Record) - A 29-year-old woman working the night shift at Dunkin' Donuts is facing prostitution charges for allegedly taking breaks from selling donuts and coffee to provide sexual services in exchange for money.
Melissa Redmond, 29, was arrested after a six week investigation known as "extra sugar" that began when police got a tip that people could go to the Dunkin' Donuts on Route 46 and arrange a liason with Redmond.
"I had gotten an anonymous tip," Detective Sgt. Kyle Schwarzmann, who led the investigation. "She was a night time employee (working 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.), supposedly a very good one."
Schwarzmann began gathering information and doing surveillance at the scene. He noticed on multiple evenings that she would go out to cars to see customers and would spend 10 or 15 minutes there, he said.
"Sometimes I'd even see money changing hands," Schwarzmann said, adding that sometimes the cars would stay in the parking lot and other times they would drive to another nearby location.
An undercover operation was developed with the assistance of Officer Robert Koehler and Officer Scott Haigh acting 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 parked in the parking lot and Redmond allegedly came out, approached him and gave him a specific price list for her services.
Haigh returned on another occasion and inquired about her services, was offered a new, and lower, price so he said he needed to go to a bank machine but would return with the money.
When Haigh returned, they drove to the back of the building and the arrest was made. Redmond was then processed, served her complaint and released.
No one at the Dunkin' Donuts wanted to comment Monday morning.
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