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Police: Man Made Up Story About Kids In Order To Get Free Pizza

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File photo of a Papa John's pizza restaurant.  (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of a Papa John’s pizza restaurant. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

HELENA, Mont. (CBS Seattle/AP) — A Montana man whose tearful reluctance to rob a pizza restaurant earned him free food apparently made up the sob story that gained him the clerk’s sympathy.

Police in Helena say 33-year-old David Randall Lacey entered a Papa John’s pizza restaurant on Jan. 22 and demanded money. He then broke down crying and told the clerk he needed the money to support his wife and children. The clerk made him a pizza and some chicken wings as he waited, and then took off.

The Independent Record reports an investigation found Lacey has no children in town and changed his story when he saw how little money was in the cash register.

He was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony robbery.

“David said that when the register was placed on the counter, he realized there was hardly any money,” a police affidavit said that was reported by the paper. “At that point, David told the clerk the story about needing money for his wife and kids. David does not have any children in Helena and told me he was referring to his friends’ kids, who consider him an uncle.

Lacey remains in custody at the Lewis and Clark County jail.

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