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Police: Restaurant worker arrested after threatening to burn business down

James Vester Short, 25, of Williamsburg. (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
James Vester Short, 25, of Williamsburg. (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A restaurant worker allegedly threatened to burn the business down then stole $20 from the register after his bosses spoke to him about “downsizing” staff, police said.

James Vester Short, 25, of Williamsburg, is charged with threatening to burn a building, disorderly conduct and petit larceny, according to Williamsburg Police Department spokesman Maj. Greg Riley.

The alleged incident occurred around 4:55 p.m. Thursday at Short’s place of employment, a restaurant in the 3000 block of Richmond Road, according to Riley.

Police arrived at the restaurant, which is not specified in the police report, and spoke with the business’s management, Riley said.

“They reported they were having a conversation with Mr. Short about downsizing,” Riley said.

The managers said Short became upset during the conversation, threw dishes on the floor, threatened to burn down the restaurant, then took $20 out of the business’s cash register as he left the building, according to Riley.

Police obtained warrants for Short’s arrest and served the warrants later that day, Riley said.

Short has no prior record of arrest in York, Williamsburg-James City County, and Newport News general district courts, according to online court records.

Short is scheduled to appear in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on the three charges at 1 p.m. Oct. 19.

Records show he is still in custody.

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