SOUTH PASADENA — A St. Petersburg man robbed a Dunkin' Donuts early Sunday, but left untouched two glazed doughnuts a clerk handed him with the cash, investigators said.
Authorities say Michael John Ray, 26, walked into the Dunkin' Donuts at 1200 Pasadena Ave. S around 6 a.m. with a shirt over his face and demanded money from the cash drawer. A cashier, who said she saw a handgun in Ray's waistband, put cash and two doughnuts in a bag, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The cashier told deputies she placed the pastries in the bag to make the robber seem like a regular customer, so other employees wouldn't be alarmed.
Around 8 a.m., deputies searched a suspicious vehicle in a nearby parking lot. In the maroon Hyundai with Connecticut plates, deputies said they found Ray trying to hide by leaning over in the front seat.
Ray admitted to robbing the store for money to buy a new tire, deputies said. In his car, authorities discovered the T-shirt they believe was used in the robbery, a plastic gun and the two uneaten glazed doughnuts.
Ray was charged with armed robbery and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.