Scott A. Masters, a 41 year old Missouri man, may find out that crime of any magnitude does not pay. Masters is accused of stealing a 52-cent doughnut. What would otherwise be a misdemeanor may end up costing him jail time. Apparently, Scott A. Masters placed the doughnut into his sweat shirt. When he attempted to leave the store without paying, a clerk stepped into his path. Masters then allegedly pushed away the clerk and fled the store.
"Strong-arm robbery? Over a doughnut? That's impossible," Masters told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Masters apparently admits taking the pastry but denies touching the employee. "There's no way I would've pushed a woman over a doughnut."
Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said shoplifting and assault are treated as forcibly stealing property. "It's not the doughnut," Baker said. "It's the assault." County Prosecutor Wendy Wexler Horn admitted that it is "way too early to know how it is going to play out." Horn acknowledged some are questioning the seriousness of the charge.
Masters didn't even get to eat the doughnut as it was thrown to the ground as he fled.Masters should have known better. Only police officers can take doughnuts without paying for them!