Police: Minnesota thief let victims keep pie fixings

July 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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ROSEVILLE, Minn., July 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Minnesota said an alleged robber allowed a couple outside a grocery store to keep the ingredients for a Father's Day pie.

Jason Armstrong, 42, who is scheduled to appear Monday in Ramsey County District Court on a charge of first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping, allegedly robbed a couple at gunpoint outside the Cub Foods store in Roseville June 14 and took their credit cards, cash and most of their groceries, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday.

Lt. Lorne Rosand with the police department in the St. Paul suburb of Roseville said an "older couple" loaded their groceries into their sport utility vehicle and were about to drive away when Armstrong climbed into the backseat and put a gun to the back of the woman's head.

Armstrong allegedly ordered the couple to withdraw money from a cash machine, but they told him they did not know their security numbers. He then allegedly had the man hand over his wallet, credit cards, driver's license and $25, but the man was able to pull several hundred dollars out of his wallet and hide it without Armstrong noticing, police said.

Armstrong also took the couple's groceries before fleeing on foot, but the woman convinced him to let her keep the ingredients she was planning to use for a Father's Day pie, Rosand said.

Armstrong was arrested during a July 3 burglary, police said. They are investigating whether he is connected to other thefts in the area, Rosand said.

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